Saturday, January 19, 2019


Marker Details

Historical Marker:

Helen Scott Hay

The marker is located on the grounds of the public library in Savanna on the southeast corner of Madison and Third Streets. Madison Street is several blocks east of Chicago Street.
Dedication Date:
Dedication By:
American Legion Post No. 148 and Auxiliary, Carroll County Historical Society and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
Helen Scott Hay, famous Red Cross nurse, was born near Lanark in this county. She was a graduate of Savanna High School, Northwestern University in Evanston, and the Illinois Training School for Nurses in Chicago, where she was later Superintendent. Before World War I she established a school of nursing in Bulgaria. At the outbreak of war she became Director of American Red Cross Nursing Personnel and was assigned to the Balkans. After America entered the war, whe served in Washington. In 1920 she was appointed Director of the European Work of the Red Cross. She died here in 1932.

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