Spotlighting Clara Barton

History lovers have until Sunday to sign up for a unique dinner and lecture on Clara Barton’s work in Maryland and Virginia in 1862.

Guest speaker at the Dec. 12 event will be Susan Rosenvold, who recently became superintendent of the Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Museum now being created in D.C.

The lecture – part of the Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable – happens at Camp Hill-Wesley Methodist Church at 601 E. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.

Rosenvold’s talk, “Clara Barton at Antietam and Fredericksburg,” begins at 8 p.m. It’s free and open to anyone.

Anyone may sign up for the family-style meal (fried chicken, Asian Slaw, baked beans, rolls, iced tea, coffee and dessert) to be served at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 and reservations must be made by Sunday to Kyle Wichtendahl (301-639-8855 or kfwichtendahl@gmail.com).

The new museum – an offshoot of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. – will be housed in the government office where Barton led a four-year effort to trace soldiers who went missing during the Civil War. Later, she founded the American Red Cross. This year marks a century since her death.

Art show

The holiday exhibit at Shepherdstown’s Bridge Gallery continues through Jan. 6.

Featured art at the gallery at 8566 Shepherdstown Pike includes ceramics by Joy Bridy, classic photographs of downtown Shepherdstown by Hali Taylor, paintings by Walt Bartman, Don Rees, Michael Davis, Maria Roberts and Seth Hill, and more.

For details, call the gallery at 304.876.2300.

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