While Dr. Carter G. Woodson was known as a serious, stern, and focused man, he had a "soft spot" for children and young people. He was known to share his expertise and mentor numerous young scholars, many of whom spent a great deal of time at his office-home. He devoted a lot of his time and money to the production and publishing of juvenile literature and even spoke at elementary and high schools. Ultimately, Dr. Woodson created Negro History Week (now known as Black History Month) for children. He shared historical stories and African folktales with the children who lived near his office-home, and he enjoyed taking "little treats" of candy with him to give to them, or buying them ice cream. Dr. Woodson also corresponded with children when they mailed him letters about possible Negro history topics for school assignments.
When the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site is restored and becomes open to the public, children of all ages will come to enjoy and explore his office-home and the historic Shaw neighborhood, just as children did more than sixty years ago. Use this page to find out what other activities are available for kids and youth at the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site.