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 »
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 »
National Park Service Recognizes Womens History Month
Contact: Joy Kinard, 202-673-2402
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and Carter G. Woodson HomeNHS
Release date: Immediate
Contact: Joy Kinard
Phone number: 202-673-2402
National Park Service Recognizes Women's History Month
Washington, D.C. — The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Sites will recognize Women's History Month through the following events tailored to the National Women's History Month theme "Our History is Our Strength."
Thursday March 17, 2011: Book Signing 1:00 p.m.
Cheryl A. Smith will discuss and sign her book titled: Market Women Black Women Entrepreneurs: Past, Present, and Future. This book discussion will help to empower women to embrace business ownership as a career field. This event will take place at 1:00 pm at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, 1318 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20005.
Thursday March 24, 2011: Book Signing 1:00 p.m.
Carla L. Peterson will discuss and sign her book titled: Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth Century New York City. This book discussion will help to share a groundbreaking personal account of an elite African American New York family set during the nineteenth century. This event will take place at 1:00 pm at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, 1318 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20005.
Thursday March 31, 2011: Book Signing 1:00 p.m.
Tracye Lynn McQuirter will discuss and sign her book titled, By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat. This book discussion will help to share the benefits of healthy eating habits. This event will take place at 1:00 pm at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, 1318 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20005.
Saturday March 12 & 26, 2011- 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
National Archives of Black Women's History – Special Collections
Film Presentation: The Crowning Experience is a film starring Muriel Smith based on the life of Mary McLeod Bethune. This 1960's musical will help share the experiences of Mrs. Bethune during a unique period in American history which is interpreted at the site daily.
These programs are part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site's to promote public understanding of the history and special places that have been included in the national park system. For further information, and reservations for these events please call (202) 673-2402.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and Carter G. Woodson Home NHS are two of several park sites that make up National Capital Parks-East. National Capital Parks-East offers a wide array of historic, cultural, and recreational areas that are part of Washington, D.C. and its eastern environs. The park is comprised of over 8,000 acres of federal land, ranging from community parks and National Historic Sites to unique wetland ecosystems, meadows, and mature hardwood forests.
Did You Know?
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Mary McLeod Bethune to be Director of the Office of Negro Affairs, National Youth Administration. With this appointment, Mary McLeod Bethune became the first African American woman to head a U.S. Federal Government agency.