Md. Civil War Museum Collects Japan Donations

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick says it’s collecting donations for Japanese earthquake victims in honor of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.

The museum said Tuesday that donors can contribute through its Facebook page or in the museum lobby.

Spokeswoman April Dietrich says the campaign mirrors the efforts of citizens like Barton who organized relief programs for sick and wounded Civil War soldiers starting in 1861.

Barton later became known for her battlefield nursing work. She founded the American Red Cross in 1881.

The museum says donations will go to the International Red Cross, designated for the Japanese victims in honor of Clara Barton.

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