Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS Celebrates Black History Month

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Date: February 5, 2013

In recognition of Black History Month, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Sites (NHS) will host special programs to remember and recognize the history of African Americans. These events are tailored to this year's theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality. The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington".

All events are free and open to the public but reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (202) 673-2402. For a complete list of events visit

Civil Rights Chopstick Booklet
Learn about Mrs. Bethune through arts and crafts with a free online activity booklet. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS will publish an online version of the sought after arts and crafts learning activity, including instructions, at on February 14. Also available online are teacher and student packets that focus on Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Women in the Civil Rights Movement Educators Face to Face and On-Line Workshops
"Learning Historic Places with Diverse Populations"
- February 16
This engaging series of six workshops developed by George Mason University's Graduate School of Education, will explore how field trips to historic places can be an impetus for deeper understanding, particularly among students from diverse populations. Participants will work with park rangers and other educators to develop curriculum and lesson plans they can take back to their classrooms. The first session will be held at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, and will include a stipend, lunch, free CEU credits, and free education videos for classroom use.

Civil Rights Digital Storytelling- On-Line Materials for Educators
Learn more about the diverse stories of the civil rights movement found through personal narratives of civil rights leaders. These narratives were completed by members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Howard University Students and National Park Service rangers. They are available at

Become a Knowledge Seeker and Collect a Bookmark
Come learn more about Mary McLeod Bethune by going on a tour of the home. Throughout the month of February, bookmarks will be given away to those who can answer trivia questions about African American historical facts.


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 and national treasures within the National Park Service. For further information, call (202) 673-2402.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
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