Historian collects Red Cross memorabilia


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Precious artifacts have been collected throughout the years that date back to the early 1900s.

Shirley Powers, a National Volunteer Historian for the American Red Cross (ARC), has dedicated her free time to the New Mexico chapter by collecting several hundred Red Cross pieces.

Items collected have been posters, postcards, decals, certificates, paperweights, uniforms and pins.

Powers collected her first pin after the ARC National Convention in Kansas City in 1979. She then started collecting every pin she could get her hands on. These pins and their history will be placed in the National ARC Archives.

Powers wrote an article in the Red Cross Newsletter titled, “The Good Neighbor.” This article is about pin collecting. Her job as a volunteer historian is documenting “things” opposed to people and events.

She hopes that the message she sends to readers is to preserve history and to take care of what may be important to future generations.

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