On this date: First chapter of American Red Cross founded

August 22, 1881

After the Civil War, Clara Barton went to europe where she learned , in 1863, an organization called the International Red Cross was formed to provide relief to those injured in war and due to the result of natural disasters.  Clara’s vision was to organize a national headquarters for the American Red Cross with smaller offices in every state and local chapters in every city and town.  Due to the dedication and perseverance of Clara Barton, the first local society of the American Red Cross was founded on August 22, 1881 in Dansville, New York.

Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts.

The American Red Cross
Clara Barton Chapter No. 1
Founded 1881

57 Elizabeth Street, Dansville, New York 14437


On this Date: post on DAHS website


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