Clara Barton – An American Life
March 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Exploring the incredible life and career of an American icon.
How did a shy girl born on a New England farm in 1821 break through the barriers that so often confined women to the domestic sphere? How did she go on to have a sixty year career of public service that touched people all over the world? How did she found the American Red Cross, an organization that still helps people in need today? And what gave this woman the courage to go where the fighting was taking place during the American Civil War, a place women did not go?
This illustrated talk by Kevin Patti from Clara Barton National Historic Site will use photographs from Clara Barton’s life and times to answer these questions and describe the development of her remarkable career. The talk will also describe Miss Barton’s legacy as an advocate for the expansion of rights for African Americans and women. The audience will learn of her role as a pioneer of emergency preparedness, First Aid and natural disaster relief work, as well as public education in New Jersey.
Kevin Patti, a twenty year veteran of the National Park Service, has served as a Park Ranger at Clara Barton National Historic Site since 2005. At the request of the State Department in 2012 he traveled to Armenia to speak about Clara Barton and the relief effort she lead in 1896 to help Armenians who were affected by massacre. He has been featured on CSPAN leading a tour of Clara Barton National Historic Site. Mr. Patti has also worked at Glen Echo Park in Maryland, Great Falls Park in Virginia, Theodore Roosevelt Island and the Old Post Office Tower in Washington, DC.