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Clara Barton in Basking Ridge, NJ

  • Bernards Township Library 32 S Maple Ave Basking Ridge NJ 07920 (map)

Bernards Twp. Library - 32 South Maple Ave, V+Basking Ridge, NJ @ 7:00 p.m.

This program is a one hour presentation with a question and answer session. It is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and is open to the public. For more information contact Virginia Pasternak (908) 755-6932

Clara Barton was a strong-willed, intelligent individual who knew what she wanted and found ways to accomplish her goals. Clara answered Abraham Lincoln’s call, signing on to support the Union efforts during the Civil War, frequently going to the front line, where most nurses did not go, performing procedures like removing bullets, which most nurses did not perform. As the founder and first president of the American Red Cross, this humanitarian assisted hurricane and tidal wave victims, obeying certain principles – you helped people until they could help themselves, you drew funds to underwrite this effort and kept records of your expenses, you paid only the manual laborers who helped in the effort (and not salaries to the managers) and you never asked those you were helping for contributions.