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“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past,
but by the responsibility for our future.”
  — George Bernard Shaw

Supporters of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine understand George Bernard Shaw’s quote more fully than most.  They understand that the foundation for our future is rooted in our past and that to secure our best future by simply preserving that past as artifacts on exhibit is only the beginning. With the generous support of members and donors, the Museum is able to bring into clearer focus the implications of these stories and the far reaching legacy of lifesaving medical, managerial and humanitarian innovations that remain relevant and vital for our world today.

Many Ways to Support

Give in Frank’s Memory

Become a Member

Support the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Support the Pry House Field Hospital Museum

Join the Letterman Alumni Association

Join the Letterman Alumni Association

SPECIAL PROJECT: Support the Ambulance Restoration Fund


If you would prefer to contribute by mail, please send a check to:
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine

P.O. Box 470
Frederick, MD 21705


Discover Clara Barton

The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office (CBMSO) was originally rediscovered by Richard Lyons of the General Services Administration (GSA) in 1996, when the building was scheduled for demolition. Found on 7th street, NW, Washington D.C., the site is the location where Clara Barton lived during and immediately after the Civil War.

The CBMSO is a true time capsule of Civil War-era urban living located in historic downtown Washington D.C.  Visitors can explore aspects of Clara Barton’s life, including her boarding room where she lived for eight years, her office where she was able to identify over 22,000 missing soldiers, her experiences in the Civil War, and her conception of humanitarian relief in organization and delivery.  Miss Barton pioneered the relief of victims of war and natural disasters and is a stunning example of how one person can make a monumental difference in the world.

Programs are now available for those interested in Barton’s life and work while the CBMSO is being preserved.  The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is honored to be selected by the GSA to interpret and manage this historic treasure.


Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Comprehensive Project

The total estimated project cost is $6.25 million. The General Services Administration made the first generous commitment of $1.75 million to outfit the building and prepare it for occupancy. The remaining $4.5 million is budgeted in two phases. Phase one: $1 million covers the costs to fabricate exhibits, hire staffing, promote and market the facility and cover operating expenses for the first three years. Phase two: an additional $3.5 million will be set aside in an endowment to secure financial sustainability and to protect this Washington cultural institution against the impact of an uncertain economy. 

Breakdown of Fundraising


Estimated Costs





Committed by GSA



Minimum Cost to open doors


Operating Year 1 (2014)



Operating Year 2 (2015)



Operating Year 3 (2016)



Endowment (ongoing)

Long-term fundraising





Fundraising Campaigns

Clara Barton Centennial Fund – $100 from 100 people
The Barton Brigade – $100 per month for 12 months
Clara Barton Aid Society – All giving

Our Partners

The National Park Service, The General Services Administration, The National Museum of Health and Medicine, United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, The Kiplinger Foundation, Frederick County Public Schools, Hood College, Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, The Smithsonian, Destination DC, and District of Columbia Public Schools

Our Credentials

Accredited by the American Association of Museums and by the American Bus Association


Training of nearly 5,000 United States Military Medical Personnel, free electronic Middle School Lesson Plans integrated into the State of Maryland Curriculum, television appearances on BBC, National Geographic, NBC, Smithsonian Channel, History Channel, PBS, MPT, C-Span, Irish National Television, Armenian Television, CBC, A&E, Modern Marvels and Swedish National Television



During the Civil War, Miss Clara Barton was active in a number of humanitarian efforts.  From this location, Clara assisted families by learning the fate of their loved ones lost in the massive military records system.  Many of these soldiers were prisoners, killed in action, and/or not recorded as being admitted to a hospital.  Her office answered over 63,000 letters between 1865 and 1868.  Her efforts were the first to identify soldiers missing in action; a legacy that survives to this day.  This changed the disposition of over 22,000 missing soldiers.  Although she is primarily known for her work as a nurse, she could also be found collecting and distributing medical supplies, as well as lobbying to politicians and the army for better conditions for soldiers. 

Location and Facility:

The museum is located in Clara’s wartime office and living space at 437 1/2 7th street NW, at the corner of 7th and E in between the Starbucks and Carmine’s Restaurant directly across from the Shakespeare Theatre.  This location is a veritable national treasure as the portion of the building Miss Barton used has been mostly unoccupied since the last quarter of the nineteenth century.   Due to this limited use of the space, much of the character of the building has survived, unchanged since her occupation.

The facility measures 2500 square feet, with the museum occupying two levels of a 19th century 3-story building.  The first floor is a retail/merchandise area and welcome center while the third floor is outfitted for interpretative space that houses exhibits, artifacts and an educational area. When the location was discovered over a decade ago, a stash of personal belongings was found in an attic space.  Much of this material can be traced to Miss Barton and her landlord.  These artifacts (many of which are one-of-a-kind) tell a unique story in a unique space.  Together, the artifact collection and the space present an unprecedented look into life in Washington during the Civil War. 


The NMCWM was chosen in 2011 as the only potential partner capable of carrying out the vital task of interpretation and management.  Our national accreditation, previous federal government partnerships and our proven ability to open new locations while maintaining institutional strength were the deciding factors in this choice.  To date, the NMCWM comprises 3 other distinct entities that allow us to interpret, educate and entertain the country around Civil War issues; the Carty Building, The Pry House Field Hospital and the Letterman Institute for Leadership Training

Under our agreement, GSA preserves the historic space and provides the Museum with a first floor visitor area with no cost to the Museum.  The Museum covers the costs of interpretation, manpower, basic internal systems (phone, sales equipment, security systems, display cases, etc.) and marketing. 

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is classified as a charitable organization in accordance with Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3).

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