There are many nooks and crannies where history waits to be discovered around DC real estate. One such spot is the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. This building, located near your DC metro home at 437 7th Street NW, was the center of Clara Barton’s post-Civil War activity, where she did her best to help families locate their missing soldiers. In 1868, exhausted from her tireless work, Clara Barton went to Europe, ostensibly for a rest cure, but she met with members of the International Red Cross and ultimately founded the American Red Cross. However, before she left, she packed up the offices and stored her things in the attic. It wasn’t until the 1990s, when the building was slated for demolition, that Clara Barton’s papers were discovered by Richard Lyons, who was inspecting the building before its demolition. Realizing the significance of the papers he discovered, he saved the Mission Soldier Office from destruction.
DC Metro Home Owners Attend Lectures on Clara Barton’s Life
The museum is now open for tours Thursday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Tours begin every 30 minutes. Come see the DC real estate location where Clara Barton and her staff worked, all expertly restored. The museum also holds fascinating lectures. Richard Lyons, mentioned above, will discuss the discovery of Clara Barton’s papers on Saturday, April 30th from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $9.50. Visit the Clara Barton Museum to learn more about this fascinating woman and register for the lecture.