- Clara started school at age 3
- When Clara first became a nurse, she had no experience
- She became a teacher at age 17, again with no formal training
- Clara went to Bordentown, NJ where she setup a free school in 1852
- There were 6 kids in her first year of teaching and 600 in her 2nd year
- She quit teaching because she was being paid less than the male teacher
- In 1854, Clara moved to Washington DC (called Washington City by Clara)
- She got a job in the Patent Office and was the first female to work for the Federal Government
- The U.S. flag had 33 stars prior to the start of the Civil War in 1861
- The North had about 1,000 more casualties than the South during First Bull Run
- During the Civil War nurses were not trained
- Clara worked with male nurses who did not respect her
- Clara had 5 tons of supplies for wounded soldiers that were donated by friends and supporters
- Her first battle was at Cedar Mountain
- Clara also helped Confederate soldiers because they too needed her help
- Her first battlefield surgery was at Antietam in September 1862 where she removed a bullet from the cheek of a Union soldier
- After the war, many soldiers named their daughters after Clara to honor her and it became the most popular name of the time
- When President Lincoln died, Clara couldn't leave her apartment for 10 days
- If you wanted to hear Clara give a speech, it would cost you $.25
- It took Clara 9 years to sign the agreement creating the American Read Cross
- In March 1883, the United States signed the Geneva Convention treaty
- Established the National First Aid Association of America in 1904
- In 1905, Clara created the very first 1st Aid Kit
- Clara was not in Gettysburg because she was at Charleston, SC expecting a big battle
Friday, May 29, 2009
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This is the front of Clara's house.
Did you know that Clara had a cat named Tommy and there is a painting of Tommy in the house. Tommy lived until the age of 17.
Clara thought that a telephone was important to have because the Red Cross needed to communicate and to stay in touch with those who needed help.
Clara Barton actually worked at this desk
When Clara was 82 years old, she stepped down from being the leader of the Red Cross. One year later, at age 83 she started the National First Aide Association of America.
After the tour, I had a chance to interview Ranger Finta who was kind enough to take time to talk to me. Ranger Finta told me that one of the best resources for teachers and students on Clara Barton is the website. She said that you can take a virtual tour of the house and become a Junior Ranger online. To become a Junior Ranger online, you complete the program and send Ranger Finta your certificate and she will send you a Junior Ranger badge. Ranger Finta also said that she could send resources to your school. Her favorite part of Glen Echo is telling everyone about Clara Barton’s life and accomplishments. Ranger Finta feels that Clara does not get the recognition that she deserves in American History. There are also some primary source documents online. Her favorite thing about Clara Barton is her perseverance. Ranger Finta admired Clara for never quitting and her determination to start the Red Cross. Another great resource is the house itself. The house contains 1/3 of the original furnishing, collections and items that Clara used.
For me, it was amazing that I was standing in the house that Clara lived and worked in. I was walking the same stairs and halls that Clara walked. It was very emotional for me.
Ranger Finta is showing me how they tied on bandages
In my next post, I actually get to meet Clara Barton.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Here is a photo of Sarah prior to the start of the judging:
and here is Sarah with her ceremonial check:
Congratulations to Sarah and I. Next up for my friend Sarah is the National Educational Computing Conference where she will be participating in the student showcase. I will be traveling to many different places and the next time I will see Sarah is at the end of June before NECC (National Educational Computing Conference).