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Clara Barton's DC office to be Civil War museum

Clara Barton's downtown DC office survives as time capsule of Civil War, to become new museum By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' American Red Cross founder Clara Barton's Civil War-era office in Washington has survived since her death 100 years ago.

Now the long-neglected site may become a national museum focusing on her groundbreaking work to help missing soldiers.

Organizers say the downtown office is a Civil War time capsule of Barton's labors. It's where she responded to over 63,000 letters from grieving families and tracked down the fates of at least 22,000 men.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., is signing an agreement Thursday with the General Services Administration to open Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

The group must raise $4.75 million to operate the site. The government has committed $1 million for renovations.


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