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Object Name Scrapbook
Catalog Number 2013.032.077.a-e
Collection American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee
Description This scrapbook is covered in a dark black cover that is bound on the left side by a black string. There is an engraving of an Indian Chief's face on the front cover and there are four small Red Cross stickers, of the Red Cross symbol, in each corner. The articles in this book date from 1940-1944 and seem to be about health and safety.

The first page of this scrapbook is marked in large red letters "Water Safety, 1940- American Red Cross Chattanooga Chapter." The preceding articles are mostly about the various swimming classes and programs that Red Cross launched to help raise awareness on swimming safely. The first few articles have headlines such as "'Learn to Swim' Campaign Starts," Swimming Classes set up at Lake Winnepesaukah," "Red Cross Swimming Class at M'Callie Lake," and "103 Swimmers get Red Cross Awards." This was part of the Red Cross's "Learn to Swim" Drive, a free series that began in the late spring of 1940 and took place at the Warner park swimming pool, McCallie Lake, Lake Winnepesaukah, Signal Mountain, Camp Elizabeth Lupton, Camp Glancy, and Lincoln Park. The water safety director during this time was Jack R. Rodman. This campaign focused on teaching both children and adults proper swimming techniques, how to properly attempt rescue of drowning swimmers, how to perform life saving procedures.

This campaign seems to have continued into the early 1940s and the rest of the articles in this scrapbook show the widespread participation in and events held by the Red Cross campaign. Nurses from Erlanger, sorority girls from the University of Chattanooga, boys at the Y.M.C.A., Central High school students, WAAC members, and Junior Red Cross members all participated in this campaign, significantly increasing the number of Chattanoogans able to swim and properly rescue others. Many of these articles have great photographs that show youngsters swimming and having a great time while learning how to be safe in the water. On the last few pages there are pictures of cartoons drawn by local middle and highschool students for a contest conducted by Red Cross to arouse interest in Learn-to-Swim week.
Date 1940-1944
Extent of Description 12.75" x 12.25" x 1.25"
Accession number 2013.032