Dansville will celebrate the live and work of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton on Saturday the 23rd. The Chamber of Commerce event will begin at 10am at the Dansville Lutheran Church on Clara Barton Street and run until 2pm. There will be food, music and activities as well as a showcase of area organizations including the Clara Barton Chapter of the American Red Cross.Clara Barton’s passion to alleviate human suffering began during the Civil War. She pleaded with the government and earned passes to enter battlefields to attend to wounded soldiers. This is where she earned the nickname the “Angel of the Battlefield”. Her time tending to these soldiers lead her desire to help others even after the war ended. It was years later in 1881, she founded the American Red Cross, in Dansville.
She was a remarkable woman whose passion continues today here in our region and throughout the United States through the work of our extraordinary volunteers and generous donors. We thank all of you who have been a part and continue to be a part of one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations.