In 1997 when Richard Lyons discovered the floor of boarding rooms occupied by Clara Barton in the 1860s, a gold mine of artifacts confirmed the authenticity of the site. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, with its partner the U.S. General Services Administration, is currently studying the materials found at the site to determine their importance, need of conservation, and potential use as exhibit material. Photos of some of the unique items are seen here.
Some artifacts identified as unique and valuable are the signs used by Barton while the space was used as the Missing Soldiers Office, the only known rubberized shelter-half from the Civil War, broadsides published by Barton and sent throughout the country in her search for missing soldiers, a portfolio stationary set used by Barton to sell for fundraising purposes, numerous pieces of clothing still dirty from wear, and the space itself, which still retains the original, numbered doors; satin striped wallpaper placed on of the walls by Barton herself; and parts of the original gas lamps that lit the space. Some of these items are now on exhibit at our main museum, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, in historic downtown Frederick, MD, in the near future.
These are just a few of the surprises visitors will find at Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Look for an announcement for the grand opening in the near future. To keep track restoration progress, check back often for the latest news and photos. For more information call Susan Rosenvold, CBMSO Superintendent, at 202-824-0613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As we prepare to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is proud to have been selected by the General Services Administration (GSA) to remember a woman who worked tirelessly tending to wounds that no bandage or medicine could heal. Her third floor walk-up would become headquarters for the research and recovery of information about a family’s son, husband, brother, or betrothed – a place where in the aftermath of a horrific civil war, there was a possibility of reunion or at the very least, closure.
Though most of us have heard of Clara Barton, Angel of the Battlefield, the opening of Clara Barton’s Missing Soldier’s Office Museum will give us an opportunity to know and understand a complete person. A woman, who broke glass ceilings before there was even a term for such a thing; a woman who exemplified the servant leader; a woman who’s life and work embodied the true spirit of humanitarianism, will finally be given the recognition that she so richly deserves.