Clara Barton Day in Bordentown, New Jersey


On December 4, 2021, the town of Bordentown, championed by their Historical Society, declared the day as Clara Barton Day in celebration of what would have been this amazing woman’s 200th birthday on December 25.

Clara Barton has history in New Jersey. If you weren’t already aware, the founder of the American Red Cross was also the founder of the first public school in New Jersey. Clara began teaching six students in this lovely little schoolhouse in Bordentown, which still stands today.

The Historical Society’s co-presidents Bonnie Goldman and Dr. Steven Lederman put together a unique exhibit telling Clara’s story, highlighting the incredible work and accomplishments during her lifetime. The day included the amazing Clara Barton herself! Bonnie takes great pride in teaching others, especially children, about Clara’s work and we appreciate her dedication to keeping Clara’s legacy alive.

The Red Cross was there, serving up hot cocoa and snacks, as well as handing out fire safety and other preparedness information to visitors. The society invited our volunteers to come enjoy the festivities and to proudly spend Clara Barton Day in Bordentown.

6ABC (WPVI-TV) was there too, capturing Clara’s special day. Click here to watch their story.

To learn more about Clara, visit and the Bordentown Historical Society.

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