This Day In History: 1881-08-22

First chapter of American Red Cross founded

After the Civil War, Clara Barton went to europe where she learned , in 1863, an organization called the International Red Cross was formed to provide relief to those injured in war and due to the result of natural disasters. Clara’s vision was to organize a national headquarters for the American Red Cross with smaller offices in every state and local chapters in every city and town. Due to the dedication and perseverance of Clara Barton, the first local society of the American Red Cross was founded on August 22, 1881 in Dansville, New York.