Country School Association of America (CSAA) (www.countryschoolassociation.org) headquartered in League City, Texas has awarded the Bordentown Historical Society (BHS) a 2016 Country Schoolhouse Association Preservation Grant of $1,000 grant toward the Clara Barton Schoolhouse Preservation Project. CSAA works to preserve America’s early school history throughout the country.

Dr. Michael Skelly, BHS Trustee, said, “Bordentown Historical Society is pleased to be awarded this grant. It is great to be recognized by this national association for our efforts in Bordentown. This is one part of a large effort by BHS. We have been actively conducting professional preservation work and education programs so that America’s history in our community can be enjoyed today and passed on to future generations.”

In 1852 Clara Barton established the school. The schoolhouse was the first publicly funded community school in New Jersey that served students of all races and all economic classes. It was a huge success. Clara Barton went on to serve as a nurse in the Civil War under Dorothea Dix and later established the American Red Cross.

Bordentown Historical Society owns and operates the schoolhouse as a museum. Tours are available to the public or groups by appointment. The schoolhouse is located at the corner of Crosswicks and Burlington Streets in Bordentown City New Jersey.

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