DANSVILLE — Clara Barton spent her entire life promoting volunteerism and helping others in their greatest need.
The Third Annual Clara Barton Day brought with it the great volunteers of the area on Aug. 20 at Church Park.
Dansville Area Historical Society members Paul and Aniko Constantine had a tent up again this year.
“It is a nice way to look back at our history,” Paul Constantine said. “You get to see a lot of local people here. For the balloon festival we have a lot of out of town people, but for this event it is mostly local people. This works well for us local people. A lot of people like to donate to the historical society. Sometimes they have very unique things to share with us.”
One person brought in the Class of 1960 book of members with updates written in it, Paul Constantine said.
“This type of thing would have been thrown out, but it is part of our history,” he said. “Sometimes you get research items. Wellsville just sent us some diaries from the Dansville Methodist Church that are over 100 years old. This is how record keeping was done back then. Everything was done through the church.”
The new roof has just been finished at the historical society, which was a good thing since the old one was not going to last another winter, Aniko Constantine mentioned.
Some new Bernarr Macfadden photos have surfaced from someone’s home, Aniko Constantine said she can’t wait to display them.
Seneca Park Zoo Program Director Tom Snyder was new to the event, and brought the latest zoo project to showcase.
“I was going to bring our animals, but it is just too hot for them,” he said. “A National Geographic photographer came to the zoo to take photos of our newest project. We did a bio diversity of the Genesee River near the Ontario Lake. It tells the story of the river through the animals we found there.”
Snyder said that anyone can do this in their own backyard.
“This connects people to nature in their own backyard,” he said. “In a single day we collected 216 animals from the river, and 126 species.”
Seneca Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. They believe in the free will of animals, and allowing them to have a choice, Snyder added.
“The food web we found at the river shows a very healthy ecosystem,” he said. “If people do this in their backyard with their kids they can make a garden and watch a healthy system grow.”
Clara Barton Day founder Ken Mountzouros said he is hoping for a better turnout next year.
“We did have as many organizations as we thought we would have,” he said. “Next year we are hoping to apply for a grant. There is a good chance we will get it. Maybe we will change the date to a less warm day.”
Mountzouros said he loved having Sheryl Faye give a performance on Clara Barton, and wants to have her come back next year.
“Clara Barton Day is about what one woman did alone, and how she changed so much,” he said. “One person did all of that. She made the world a better place.”