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Celebrate Women’s History Month

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Date: January 30, 2014
Contact: Samantha Christine, 202-673-2402

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Three nearby national parks host special presentations and exhibits

WASHINGTON – As educators, humanitarians, activists and leaders, Mary McLeod Bethune, Maggie Walker, Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman shaped the course of American history. Three nearby national parks will commemorate these and other inspirational women with events in DC, Maryland and Virginia. All events are free and open to the public.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (Washington)

Throughout March: "Women United! The Glue that was Mary McLeod Bethune," exhibit and ranger-led tour about the women who helped make Bethune’s vision come true.

March 8, 3 p.m.: Ranger-led program featuring guest lecturer Janice Ferebee, followed by a living history performance by Kate Campbell Stevenson as Eleanor Roosevelt. An exhibit unveiling and open house will follow the lecture and performance.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (Richmond, Va.)

March 1: Special tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., along with a companion exhibit unveiling, "Women in the Walker House."

Clara Barton National Historic Site (Glen Echo, Md.)

March 23, 2 p.m.: Special performance from Clara Barton by Mary Ann Jung followed by an open house (3-4:30 p.m.). Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument will be featured at this event.

In addition to the special events, a digital exhibit and brochure are available to anyone interested in showcasing these trailblazers of history.

These events are part of a series of programs offered by Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site to promote public understanding of the history and treasures within the national park system. For further information, call (202) 673-2402, or visit www.nps.gov/mamc.


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.