Most people know the story of Clara Barton, the pioneering nurse who tended to wounded and dying soldiers during the Civil War and later founded the American Red Cross. What most people don’t know are the stories behind her story – how her colleagues in the U.S. Patent Office often covered her work for her, enabling her to continue earning wages so that she could pay for the medical supplies necessary for her nursing efforts during the war. They also might not know that Barton opened the Missing Soldiers Office after the war, and with a small staff located more than 22,000 men, living and dead, bringing necessary closure to their families. These are the kinds of stories that Amelia Grabowski ’13, Outreach and Education Specialist for the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, enjoys telling the most. Read more about Amelia’s work with one of Washington, DC’s newest museums here.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
Have you ever been curious about what it would be like to attend the CWI Summer Conference as a high school student scholarship recipient? Emily Timberlake ’19 first came to Gettysburg in Summer 2015 as a scholarship recipient. Now, halfway through her first year as a Gettysburg student, she strongly believes that the program “has made all the difference in my college experience.” Participating in the summer conference allowed Emily to develop enduring friendships with other Civil War enthusiasts her own age, prompted her to participate in a first-year pre-orientation program that eased the transition to college life, introduced her to faculty members whom she would see in class in September, helped her become familiar with the campus and the battlefield surrounding it, and set her up to volunteer at the Civil War Institute, where she’s discovered a passion for historical documents. Read more about Emily’s experience with the High School Scholarship Program here. Applications for the 2016 program are due February 15; click here for more information.
Curious about what to expect at the Civil War Institute Summer Conference? Watch this video to see what sets the CWI conference apart! Learn more about the conference here. In 2016, CWI will offer a unique program focused on Reconstruction & the Legacy of the Civil War. Click here to register for the 2016 Summer Conference.