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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House--
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By studying The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: African American Women Unite for Change students learn about Bethune and the history of the National Council of Negro Women. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Visit the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site website for operating hours, directions, and other information that will help you plan a visit. The site also provides information on the National Archives for Black Women's History.

National Park Service Travel Itinerary
The Discover Our Shared Heritage online travel itinerary, Washington DC: A Guide to the Historic Neighborhoods and Monuments of Our Nation's Capital, highlights 96 historic places that bring the 200-year history of the city to life. Visitors will learn not only about the famous national landmarks and monuments of Washington, such as the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Mall, but will also learn about the historic neighborhoods and local landmarks that make the city so unique. Included in the itinerary are the Logan Circle Historic District and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House.

The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.

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Heritage Education Services
The Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) website contains more than 130 curriculum-based lesson plans on places listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill lesson plan contains more information on Eleanor Roosevelt and her humanitarian work. See the Lesson Plan Theme page to search for other lessons on African American and women's history.

The National Council of Negro Women
Today, NCNW consists of more than 39 national affiliates and over 240 sections. NCNW's website features information on the organization's history, mission, structure, and membership. It also includes information on Mary McLeod Bethune.

The Logan Circle Community Association
The Logan Circle Community Association seeks to improve the environment and the quality of life in the Logan Circle area. The association's website features a comprehensive history of the neighborhood.

D.C. Preservation League
The mission of the DC Preservation League is to preserve, protect, and enhance the historic and built environment of Washington, D.C., through advocacy and education. The website includes detailed information on the history of the Greater Fourteenth Street and Logan Circle Historic Districts.

Experience DC
Experience DC is an online resource created by WETA, a community licensed public broadcasting station in Washington, DC. Click on "African American Heritage" for a biography of Mary McLeod Bethune and for information on segregation and the struggle for civil rights in the nation's capital. "Local History" contains information on the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and on the Logan Circle neighborhood. "Specialty Tours" includes the U Street neighborhood, as well as an African American Heritage Tour of additional places important to Washington's black community. The tour includes Lincoln Park; the statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in Lincoln Park is the first memorial in the District of Columbia to honor an American woman and the second to honor an African American.

Bethune-Cookman University
The Bethune-Cookman University website includes a biography of Mary McLeod Bethune and a history of the school.

Library of Congress: American Memory Collection
The American Memory Collection website provides access to more than nine million digitized items that document U.S. history and culture. Search "Mary McLeod Bethune" for images of Bethune.

Library of Congress: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Collection
This website includes additional drawings, photographs, and documentation of the Mary McLeod Council House. You can find the information on the Council House by searching for "Bethune" and selecting the address: 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. HABS/HAER is a division of the National Park Service.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the Archive's online catalog. See the African American gallery for a section titled Famous and Notable Individuals.

National Women's Hall of Fame
The National Women's Hall of Fame, located in Seneca Falls, New York, includes exhibits, artifacts of historical interest, and a research library. The website features biographies of more than 200 inductees, including Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy Height.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project website aims to make Eleanor Roosevelt's writings (and radio and television appearances) on democracy and human rights available to a wide audience. The Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt Glossary pages feature information on the National Youth Administration and Mary McLeod Bethune.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The NAACP website includes a history section, which features a timeline of the organization as well as biographies of several prominent African Americans.

The University of Washington Libraries
African American History
The African American History page maintained by the University of Washington Libraries includes links to dozens of sites under the headings General History, Civil War and Slavery, Civil Rights, and Biographies.

 

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