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    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

    National Historic Site DC

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  • Archives Relocated to Museum Resource Center

    The National Park Service (NPS) has relocated 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 »

  • Parking Advisory

    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 »

For Teachers

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Mary McLeod Bethune postage stamp

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?

Mary McLeod Bethune wearing the Commander of the Order of the Star of Africa medal.

In 1949, President Harry S Truman appointed Mary McLeod Bethune as a United States Representative to the second inauguration of President William V. S. Tubman of Liberia, West Africa. She was awarded Liberia's most prestigious award, the Commander of the Order of the Star of Africa.