Clara Barton was the founder of the American Red Cross and charter member of the NSDAR. In 1896, she was elected as one of thirteen honorary Vice President Generals, which position she held to her death.
Clara Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts and died in Glen Echo, Maryland, at the age of 90. Burial followed at the family cemetery plot in Oxford, Massachusetts.
The General Ebenezer Learned Chapter NSDAR was formed in 1907. Mrs. Sarah Brown was the organizing regent. The chapter met at the Congregational Church on Main Street in Oxford on June 5,1907. We will be 110 years old this year. At the organizing meeting there were 34 Charter Members and a 3 month old baby. Lucy Alice Bullard, a lineal descent of General Ebenezer Learned, presented to the chapter a gavel made of wood from an old apple tree on the home lot of General Learned. From an attic beam in the house where the General was born, came the wood which is incorporated with 279 other pieces of wood, in the ballot box presented to the Massachusetts Daughters.
The General Ebenezer Learned Chapter NSDAR worked towards marking historic landmarks and sites. A granite marker was placed on Camp Hill in 1911 to mark the spot where Colonel Rice's Regiment encamped in 1799. Much time was spent finding and marking the graves of American Revolutionary soldiers not just in Oxford, but Auburn, Dudley and Webster. Many were part of General Learned's regiment. The General Ebenezer Learned Chapter has been supportive of Berry College and Hillside School, as well as the American International College at Springfield. Each regent has worked towards upholding the DAR's ideals of historic preservation, education and patriotism in their own way.
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