Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Maryland Through My Lens #2: Clara Barton House in Glen Echo

As I mentioned in my last post, I flew up to Maryland last Wednesday evening with my two youngest daughters to visit family and celebrate the recent wedding of my father Phil and his new bride Anny. The festivities were scheduled for Sunday, so we had time to go out and do things for a couple of days.

On Thursday, we drove over to Glen Echo to see the Clara Barton National Historic Site. This massive house was built for her to use as the headquarters for the American Red Cross, which she had founded. She lived and worked here for the last 15 years of her life.

From the outside - this place is huge!

This was a great field trip for my girls. As I have been home schooling my youngest (3rd grade) this year, we've been reading a lot about famous American women who are worthy role models. She is definitely one to emulate!

After we arrived, we discovered that the museum is about to be closed for renovation - perhaps for two years - and that all of the furniture had already been removed. It was still fascinating to see the architecture and hear the stories.

In the main hallway, looking up

Supply closets built into the walls

Looking down from upstairs balcony
Since the rooms were empty of furniture, I had the opportunity to focus on photos featuring windows and light. I'll take my opportunities where I can find them.

Wavy glass

We enjoyed the tour, which was both educational and inspiring. We learned so much about her life as a nurse, humanitarian, founder of the Red Cross, advocate for women and African-Americans, public speaker, and more.

Our tour guide

My sister

Modern shoes, vintage rug -
will she walk in Clara's footsteps?
Books and magnets to take home
as a reminder of her legacy

This Florida girl takes the snow
where she can find it -
even just a little patch!
House from the back

The nearby Potomac River
On the way we passed
the hospital in Silver Spring
where my oldest two daughters
were born in the late 1980s.
Nursing has come a long way!

More modern windows and light
along the D.C. Beltway

Who are your role models from history? Leave a comment!

Other Maryland Through My Lens posts: Grace and peace,
Virginia Knowles

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tour! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I think Ma Ingalls stands out for me. She was a "normal" wife and mother but she was a strong and gentle woman. I am visiting from Coffee and Conversation today :)


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