Perinton Historical Society will host Jerry Bennett as he discusses the “American Red Cross, Then and Now” at 7 p.m. on Feb.19 at the Fairport Museum, 18 Perrin St.
The American Red Cross is the common thread of house and apartment fires in Rochester, forest fires in Northern California, hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast, a U.S. military service member who receives notification of a serious illness back home, a lifeguard who saves a life, a newborn baby who needs a blood transfusion to survive.
Jerry Bennett, Red Cross volunteer and former staff member, will lead introductions to Clara Barton; President Lincoln; Bordentown, New Jersey; Sen. Charles Sumner; and the Geneva Conventions before bringing it full circle to Rochester’s own Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.
Bennett will draw upon his 50-plus years of Red Cross service as he shares stories, maps,books and letters and his own personal experiences.