Local Red Cross Celebrates 100 Years

Red Cross FlagHYANNIS – One local organization is celebrating a big anniversary.

The Red Cross of the Cape, Islands, and Southeastern Massachusetts is hosting a 100th birthday celebration from 9 to 2 tomorrow at the chapter house on South Street in Hyannis.

Congressman Bill Keating (D-Bourne) will be the keynote speaker. State Representatives Brian Mannal (D-Centerville), Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), and Tim Whelan (R-Brewster) will also be in attendance.

Red Cross officials will also present a time capsule and will seal it. The event will featured a number of family activities. Four Seas ice cream will debut a special flavor to celebrate the centennial. The celebration will also feature a blood drive and CPR demonstrations.

The local Red Cross traces its roots back to World War I, when it was started in the Harwich living room of Miss Mary Ethel Young. She was joined by a group of 19 women working for soldiers and people impacted by the war. By 1920, the organization had expanded from Provincetown to Woods Hole. The organization moved to Hyannis in 1942, during World War II.

737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
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