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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 »

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Teaching With Historic Places Curriculum

We have the privilege to be the focus of a Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan titled: The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: African American Women Unite for Change.

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.

To quote from the Plan:

This lesson is based on the Historic Resources Study for Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, as well as other materials on Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women. The lesson was written by Brenda K. Olio, former Teaching with Historic Places historian, and edited by staff of the Teaching with Historic Places program and Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into classrooms across the country.

Visit the The Teaching with Historic Places homepage. It contains over 135 online lesson plans on a wide variety of topics.

Did You Know?

Vatican City

In 1927, Pope Pius XI granted Mary McLeod Bethune an audience at the Vatican, in Rome, Italy, during her tour of Europe.