“History” is where you can learn how and why the Red Cross was started. You’ll begin in the “Welcome” area which provides you with an introduction and access to the History Links. To learn about the history of the Red Cross click “A Brief History of the American Red Cross”, the history is concise and informative without being dry. I highly recommend checking out the History Timeline which starts in Pre 1900 and goes all the way to 2000. It is filled with interesting facts that help expand on the first century of service showing what the American Red Cross has done over the years. If you have questions about the American Red Cross you probably should check out the “American Red Cross FAQ” which provides answers to commonly asked question about the Red Cross, you may just find the answer you were looking for there.
“Exhibits and Collections” is a fabulous section filled with memorabilia and facts. My favorite exhibit was “Stitch-one-purl-two: American Red Cross Knits!” because, if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can look at the patterns women used for their projects. (If you don’t have the Adobe Acrobat Reader there is a link right in the exhibit for you to go get it.) “During World War I and World War II the American Red Cross launched nationwide, volunteer driven, knitting campaigns to supply soldiers and civilians with warm clothing. Military patterns were designed to be compatible with soldier’s and sailor’s uniforms and were required to be knitted in olive drab or navy blue.” But that’s not the only interesting exhibit.
“Images of Hope: American Red Cross Posters, 1918-1951,” is another great section if only for the pictures of the posters. I also enjoyed “The Memorial Windows Designed by the Tiffany Studios,” which have to be three of the prettiest stained glass windows I have ever seen. The colors are vibrant, the pictures brilliant. I would also recommend “African Americans in the American Red Cross: The Continuous Commitment,” and “Images of Hope: The American Red Cross Responds to September 11th, 2001.”
In the “Exhibits and Collections” section you will also notice other links to Activities for Children, For Teachers, Visitors Center/Tours, and Hazel Braugh Record Center and Archives. The “Activities for Children” section includes a great coloring book and reading list. “For Teacher” supplies a fountain of information for teachers who want to teach their students all about the American Red Cross and what it’s all about. The “Visitors Center” tells you where you can go to see the home of the Red Cross in Washington, DC. The “Hazel Braugh Record Center and Archives” was built to house the corporate memory produced by the various units of the American Red Cross National Headquarters sector.
The exhibits alone make the site worth visiting.