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Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum Dedication Ceremony

Julia E. Hudson, NCR Regional Administrator was recently joined by PBS Deputy Commissioner Michael Gelber, and a host of others during the official dedication ceremony for the Clara Barton Missing Soldier Office Museum.

( l to r ) Michael Gelber, PBS Deputy Commissioner prepares to cut dedication ceremony ribbon along with Betsy Estilow, Board of Directors, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Julia E. Hudson, NCR Regional Administrator , Richard Lyons (GSA-Retired), and Cokie Roberts, Author and Broadcast Journalist“The work that Clara Barton did on these premises has obviously captured the hearts and devotion of many, we celebrate the opening of the museum due to a partnership of numerous diverse groups coming together as one team. This unique space provides a view into the life of a truly extraordinary American woman,” said Gelber.

Through a collective partnership, GSA answered the call to stabilize, conserve and restore nearly 4,000 square feet of easement space. The project scope included mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work and in addition wallpaper conservation, plaster restoration and the stabilization of existing finishes. This work was done in preparation of the museum operation agreement and the creation of the museum in order to showcase and share Barton’s important, historical war story with the public.

GSA’s own award-winning project team worked closely with numerous external and internal stakeholders, real estate developers, conservators, designers and architects to form a collective partnership.

As a result of this partnership, GSA was able to initiate discussions with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to operate the museum focusing on Clara Barton’s life and work. NCR’s efforts significantly helped ensure that the Clara Barton Office of Missing Soldiers War Museum takes its place as one of the countries most treasured and historic buildings located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital.

“This project represents the finest, the best and the brightest of our country’s historians, preservationist, researchers, and curators,” said Hudson. “Ultimately, this museum will serve as a constant reminder of the remarkable work of Clara Barton, whose work even today still serves as an epicenter for those in need. It speaks volumes to her caliber, character as well as her commitment and we are indeed thankful for her incredible legacy of service that helped transform our nation," said Hudson.

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