by Cree Lahti
Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, will be portrayed by Karen Vuranch, of Fayetteville, at the Linwood Community Library at Snowshoe on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. The presentation is possible through the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council.
The Sunday afternoon event is free and open to the public.
The library is located at the junction of Route 66 and Snowshoe Drive. Please call 304-572-BOOK (2665) for more information or directions.
Clara Barton is perhaps one of the most famous women in American history. As a teacher, battlefield nurse, lecturer, and finally organizer and president of the American Red Cross, Barton served her nation and her community – tirelessly dedicating her life to voluntary service.
Barton, the first woman allowed to tend the wounded on the front lines during the Civil War, became known as “The Angel of the Battlefield.” She delivered medical supplies, established field hospitals, cooked for the wounded, cleaned operating rooms, and cared for the suffering from both North and South. After the war she led a four-year search for missing soldiers. She is well-known as the founder of the American Red Cross.
Barton is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.
The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, not-for-profit organi- zation dedicated to providing educational programs in the humanities for all West Virginians. This program is available to both non-profit and for-profit groups. For more information call The West Virginia Humanities Council at 346-8500 or visit the website at wvhumanities.org