Happy New Year educational travelers!

I hope 2016 is a happy, healthy, prosperous, and adventurous year for you and your family! I’m looking forward to sharing with you new blog posts on the exciting world of student travel. To kick things off, Jeff is back with a fun post sharing one of Washington, D.C.’s newest museums.


Chances are you’ve never seen, heard of, or been to our nation’s newest museum since it only opened in July of last year (still feels weird to say last year…) and it’s located on 437 E Street in Washington, D.C. An educational trip to the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum offers an opportunity for visitors to take a guided tour through the preserved rooms where Miss Clarissa Barton worked as a Patent Office employee under President Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War she became a household name and legend as “Clara Barton, the Angel of the Battlefield” for the heroic care she provided to fallen soldiers. A student tour to Washington D.C. simply must include a visit to the boarding house Clara called home.

Educational tours to Washington, D.C. often visit the White House and Washington Monument, but just off the beaten path is the story of one of the greatest American women ever to live. At the end of the Civil War, Clara Barton opened the Missing Soldiers office and received over 68,000 requests for help. She was able to locate over 22,000 men, some of whom were still alive. Years later she would found the American Red Cross which has provided aid for those in need to millions of our fellow citizens.

With an intriguing history, the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum belongs as part of your next student trip to Washington, D.C.

Until next time,