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 »
If this Hat Could Talk Remembering - Dr. Dorothy Irene Height
Contact: Joy Kinard, 202-673-2402
In recognition of Women's History Month, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House will host a Junior Ranger program highlighting the efforts of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height as a civil rights leader the day before her birthday March 23, 2013. This event is tailored to this year's Black History Month Theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington." The Junior Ranger event named after the play on Dr. Height's life called, "If this Hat Could Talk" Remembering - Dr. Dorothy Irene Height will be held on March 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Youth will be able to come learn more about the world renowned civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height through an interactive art workshop conducted by Gina Marie Lewis. Ms. Lewis holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Howard University, and is a specialist in creating watercolors, textiles and sculptures. As a professor at Bowie State University, she will teach an art class for youth on artistic techniques. Participants ages 8-11, will also learn about Dr. Height and her mentor Mary McLeod Bethune. After the workshop, participants will tour the home and met Dr. Height's hat maker and designer Ms. Vanilla Beane the owner of Bene Millinery and Bridal Supplies Hat Shop. This hat discussion will be facilitated by NPS site curatorial staff. Reservations are required.
This program is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site and the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site to promote public understanding of history & national treasures within the National Park Service. For further information, call (202) 673-2402.
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Did You Know?
The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Statue, in Lincoln Park in Washington, DC, was the first statue erected to a woman or African American of honor. The 17-foot-high bronze statue shows Bethune handing off her sum of learning to two children, representing the next generation of African Americans.