Emerging historian Mary Kate Robbett will discuss Clara Barton and her relationship with the infamous Confederate prison in Georgia at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM.
The current historiography on Civil War prisons discusses Andersonville’s uses and meanings during Reconstruction, but offers only passing mention of Barton. Her presentation will look at the ways Barton’s public work fits into the larger story of Americans’ memories of Andersonville as well as Barton’s contributions to the postwar conversation and rhetoric about the treatment of POWs.
Mary Kate Robbett graduated from George Washington University’s Museum Studies M.A. program in May, 2017. While there, she received the program’s Marie C. Malaro Excellence in Research and Writing Award. She currently works at the National Museum of American History as a Spark!Lab Facilitator.
This presentation is part of the 2017 Young Historians Series at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. This series of presentations spotlights emerging scholars and their research into the field of the Civil War and Civil War medicine. They will take place in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room and are included with admission to Museum and are free to NMCWM members.