history

Women’s History Month: Clara Barton, humanitarian

Clara Barton (1821–1912) was an American nurse, suffragist and humanitarian who is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross. I covered her last year but wanted to revisit her story as I traveled to Johnstown, Pennsylvania where she organized a massive flood relief in 1889.  The American Red Cross, led by Clara and including 50 volunteers undertook that relief effort after the Johnstown Pennsylvania flood that killed (by one account) 2,209 people. Per my blog last year:  Following the outbreak of []

History: Shirley Donnelly on the Johnstown Flood

Shirley Donnelly was a local (Fayette County, WV) historian.  He wrote a column for the Beckley Post-Herald covering a wide range of topics (not just local).  He wrote about my great uncle once, I hope to have a lengthy blog about both the article and the notorious uncle.  I thought it would be fun to find his original newspaper clippings and share them. I found one clipping on the Johnstown PA Flood.  As I am just returning from Johnstown and having visited []