We Need Your Help to Transform the Lobby of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office 

We are excited to announce our intention to install of a 14-foot-wide by 10-foot-high mural in the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum (CBMSO) in Washington, DC. This public art project, depicting Clara Barton’s accomplishments while she lived and worked in the space, will be accessible to the public in the Museum’s first floor visitor center. We are trying to raise $20,000 to bring the artwork to life. After a month a fundraising people have generously donated over $10,000!


Artist Peter Waddell, who is renowned for his exceedingly detailed historical paintings, has shown in more than 20 exhibitions over his career. His colorful and lively work evokes a sense of incredible realism—as if we could step through the canvas and into a different time. We are honored to have him work with us on this artistic interpretation of Clara Barton’s life. Peter was recently featured in the Washington Post for his current work at the Textile Museum at George Washington University, a painting depicting a bird’s eye view of early Washington in great detail.

See how the mural is coming to life!

See how the mural has changed over the last month

For our 2018 annual appeal, we are trying to raise $20,000 in order to make this painting a reality. The painting will comprise a large section of our lobby and enliven the building with color while enticing new visitors into the museum. We hope that through this visualization of Barton’s story, we will facilitate new understandings of the space as well as educate visitors who are unaware of her remarkable story.

This year, we’re offering incentives for donations:

  • $50 – receive a postcard of the mural signed by the artist.
  • $250 – receive a signed poster print of the mural.
  • $500 – invitation to preview the mural with the artist.
  • $1,000 – private preview with the artist and staff.
  • $5,000 – will secure a sponsorship plaque next to the mural. (Limit of 2)

This project will transform our visitor center and be used as an interpretive panel to begin every tour of the space.  Please consider giving a tax deductible contribution to help make this a reality. Thank you for your loyal support of the NMCWM and CBMSO!


Thank You!

Thank you so much to those who have already donated to the campaign. Thanks to your incredible support, we have raised over $10,000 – about half-way to our goal of $20,000. We want to recognized the generous individuals who have donated to the mural:

$5,000 Level – Named Sponsorship Plaque

COL Laura R. and LTC Gary E. Brosch (USA, Ret)

$1,000 Level – Private Preview with Peter Waddell and Staff

Jack and Mary Beth Richards

Dr. Sandra C. Garmon Bibb, DNSc., RN, FAAN

Meredith Harshman

$500 Level – Preview Event with Peter Waddell

Ann Kilian

Kathleen Clucas

$250 Level – Signed Poster Print of the Mural

George Delaplaine III

William and Carlene Campbell

Linwood Briggs

Craig and Linda Lebo

Tom Scarlett

Robert Hooper

Dr. Warren Breisblatt

$50 Level – Signed Postcard of the Mural

Dr. Gordon and Karen Dammann D.D.S.

Kay Barmore

Carolyn Buser

Robert Hartman

Michael Brolly

Richard and Suzanne Hill

JoEllen Marek

Col. C.J. Olson

David Hartley

Dr. Robert Enzenauer

Leatrice Urbanowicz

Linda Russell

Dr. Robert and Mavis Slawson

Dr. Robert and Donna Martsolf

Jessica Smith

William Brown

Constance White

Tanya Wagner

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