In 1997, while preparing the property for demolition, GSA’s own Richard Lyons discovered a collection of nineteenth century items stowed in an attic. This discovery led to the realization that the items did indeed belong to the “Angel of the Battlefield” and women’s suffrage and civil rights advocate Clara Barton, who previously lived as a tenant in the boarding house throughout the 1860s. It was here where she created the Missing Soldiers Office for unaccounted soldiers during and after the Civil War and served as the launching pad for her to found the American Red Cross..
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.
GSA project team members Beth Savage, Caroline Alderson, Ron Wood, Eric Albrecht, Sue Stadsklev, Richard Lyons (Retired) and Chris Hudson-Boyd, Gary Scott (Retired), and Beth Hannold joined Julia E. Hudson, NCR Regional Administrator in reviewing the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum’s Artifacts Room