Archives Relocate to Museum Resource Center
The National Park Service (NPS) will relocate the National Archives for Black Women’s History collection from Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site to the NPS’s Museum Resource Center in Landover, Maryland. More »
Front Facade Restoration Work
Through March 2014, exterior historic restoration work will be underway on the front facade. The contractors will be repairing and replacing rotten wood fixtures identified by NPS historic preservation architects. When visiting the home please use caution
On-street parking is limited, public transportation suggested. Nearest Metros are the U Street and McPherson Square stations. Please be aware street sweeping occurs on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30am, further limiting parking during that time. More »
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS provides a wide variety of materials and activities that can be reinforced in a classroom. Visit our Parks as Classrooms page for more details.
The Bethune Council House can also provide Rangers from the park to conduct off-site programs at schools, universities, etc. in the Washington, D.C. area. Contact us by phone at 202-673-2402 or by email to learn about availability.
VIDEO: Melissa Green, 2013 Teacher Ranger Teacher
Melissa Green, a Fairfax County Public Schools Teacher, came to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS in 2013 through the National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher program. While she was with us, she developed two of the lesson plans we now have available: "The Mary McLeod Bethune Virtual Experience" and "Negro League Baseball and its Connection to Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune."
Ms. Green made a video talking about Mary McLeod Bethune and her experiences as a Teacher Ranger Teacher at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS.
Learn more about the National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher program.
Did You Know?
In 1944, Mary McLeod Bethune became the leader of the Women's Army for National Defense, a black women's organization founded to "...share in this fight for democracy..., and to provide an instrument through which African American women could serve in this great crisis, with dignity and pride...."