If you’ve been following my blog recently, you’ll probably remember that I’ve been working on putting together a display for the trunk bed of Clara Barton’s which is on loan to us from the American Red Cross. Though it took just a bit longer than expected, it is finally out on display! The case which housed the Clara Barton exhibit here at the NMCWM was too small for the trunk bed to be displayed open, so I had to do a little rearranging first.
I had originally intended to display the bed with the mosquito netting around it. However, I had concerns about how much stress that would put on the fragile fabric. Though I could have supported the top with a layer of fabric or Mylar, the sides were more problematic. It also would have obstructed the view of the bed somewhat. So, I decided to display a piece of the netting draped across the end of the bed instead.
If you get the chance, come by and see it in person – the display will be here for at least a year.
Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, except where otherwise noted.
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*If you missed my previous posts about Clara Barton’s trunk bed, you can read them here: