Archives Relocate to Museum Resource Center
The National Park Service (NPS) will relocate 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 »
Volunteers-in-Parks Program (VIP)
The National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program (VIP) was authorized by Public Law 91-357 enacted 1970. The primary purpose of the VIP program is to provide a vehicle through which the National Park Service can accept and utilize voluntary help and services from the public. The major objective of the program is to utilize this voluntary help in such a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer.
Volunteers are accepted from the public without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
Role of Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP)
The role of the volunteer stationed at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS is to carry out recurring interpretive functions and assist park staff with the operation and management of visitor service programs. Volunteers will be asked and responsible to act as event staff, volunteer rangers, research and archival assistants, and site gardener.
Did You Know?
In 1944, Mary McLeod Bethune became the leader of the Women's Army for National Defense, a black women's organization founded to "...share in this fight for democracy..., and to provide an instrument through which African American women could serve in this great crisis, with dignity and pride...."