Blood Drive

"Called into Service" by Peter Waddell. 2021.

In the 1940s, the NSCDA contributed to the national effort in support of the Second World War by closing the museum and allowing the D.C. chapter of the Red Cross to occupy Dumbarton House an occasion immortalized by Peter Waddell in one of the Ages of Dumbarton, a commissioned series of era-based paintings of Dumbarton House. In the image “Called into Service” you can see how the NSCDA assisted with the war effort: all furnishings were removed from the museum and the period rooms were used to house a production unit for sewing and knitting garments for the armed services and to conduct classes in first aid, home nursing, and nutrition. Dumbarton House was formally returned to the custody of the NSCDA in October of 1945 and the museum reopened to the public shortly thereafter, in March 1946.

In honor of our historic connection with the Red Cross, Dumbarton House will be hosting a blood drive. To sign up for an appointment, please visit


Nov 08 2022


10:00 am - 2:30 pm

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