Our National Treasure: The American Red Cross
March 14 - June 28, 2009
The State Museum has been chosen to premier a prestigious national touring exhibition on the history of the American Red Cross. Our National Treasure: The American Red Cross will open March 14 and run through June 28.
This exhibit, a joint venture between the South Carolina State Museum and the American Red Cross, will show the many ways in which the Red Cross has aided humanity in various walks of life. Divided into subject areas which illustrate major functions of the Red Cross, such as Disaster Services, Blood and Biomedical Services, International Services, Service to the Armed Forces and Veterans, and Health and Safety, the exhibit will display a number of artifacts and photographs provided by the Red Cross, most never before seen publicly.
The exhibit covers the founding of the American Association of the Red Cross (now the American Red Cross) in 1881 by Clara Barton, the former Massachusetts schoolteacher and government worker who became famous for her care of wounded soldiers during the Civil War.
Artifacts include posters painted by Norman Rockwell and other artists, items belonging to Clara Barton, including an invitation to the first American Red Cross meeting on May 19, 1881, a medal she received in the Franco-Prussian War, a Red Cross armband worn by Clara Barton in 1870-71 on the battlefield in Alsace- Lorraine during the Franco-Prussian war, and a letter Barton wrote to President Abraham Lincoln requesting permission to aid released prisoners and relatives of the dead and missing at the close of the Civil War.
Eugenia Bradford Mabry met her husband through her work with the Red Cross during World War II. Click below to watch her story.
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