Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Welcome to the official page of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service.
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Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest national and international recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW. This Second Empire row house in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. once belonged to educator, civil rights activist, and presidential adviser Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and served as the national headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW). She purchased the house in 1943. Mary McLeod Bethune rose from a regional leader in the Civil Rights Movement to one with national prominence as she led the NCNW and numerous other organizations. To understand Mary McLeod Bethune as only a champion of civil rights, though, would be to ignore her longstanding commitment to the rights of women and to education. Hers was a life of civic engagement spent working for the greater good. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (NHS) tells the story of her life in the house where she lived and worked from 1943 to 1949.

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Today is #NationalJuniorRangerDay, so become a Junior Ranger! The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore nation...
04/24/2021

Today is #NationalJuniorRangerDay, so become a Junior Ranger! The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks. You can learn about nature sounds, night skies, or even the Transcontinental Railroad! You'll also learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy.

We don't care what age you are—just "explore, learn, and protect" your national parks online and become an official Junior Ranger! Look for the virtual badges you can print out and post on your refrigerator. For more info, visit: https://www.nps.gov/kids/index.htm and to download and print off our Junior Ranger Activity book, visit: https://www.nps.gov/mamc/learn/kidsyouth/beajuniorranger.htm
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Today is #FriendshipFriday! Everyone gets by with a little help from our friends. Without the support of our park partne...
04/23/2021

Today is #FriendshipFriday! Everyone gets by with a little help from our friends. Without the support of our park partners, we would not be able to do our jobs. A lot has been said about the friendship between #MaryMcLeodBethune and First Lady #EleanorRoosevelt. Theirs was a friendship of mutual respect and admiration. In her 1952 “My Day” column, Mrs. Roosevelt lamented an instance in which a school in Englewood, New Jersey cancelled an invitation for Mrs. Bethune to speak because of her alleged connections to the Communist party. Refuting such associations, Mrs. Roosevelt wrote: “If she did belong to any [Communist organizations], I am sure with her keen mind she soon discovered something wrong and was not a member long. If she went to them to speak, she undoubtedly did them good.”

Learn more about how to partner with the National Park Service, how we support communities and how we receive support from communities here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/partnerships/index.htm.
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In the speech “The Basis Of Human Purpose”, #MaryMcLeodBethune says: “Indeed as the physical scientist see unity and uni...
04/23/2021

In the speech “The Basis Of Human Purpose”, #MaryMcLeodBethune says: “Indeed as the physical scientist see unity and universality in scientific laws which know no boundaries of nation, race, creed, or color, since physically it is one world, so the more intelligent religious thinkers see in all religions a certain similarity of pattern. Truth is a universal thing, whether it be scientific truth of fact or religious truth of experience.”

What an inspiration. What are your thoughts on the search of #truth? Mrs. Bethune really was ahead of her time. To this day, she inspires us and makes us think about the big questions. What a wonderful teacher. #FeatureFriday #ImbibeIt #Bethunism

In the speech “The Basis Of Human Purpose”, #MaryMcLeodBethune says: “Indeed as the physical scientist see unity and universality in scientific laws which know no boundaries of nation, race, creed, or color, since physically it is one world, so the more intelligent religious thinkers see in all religions a certain similarity of pattern. Truth is a universal thing, whether it be scientific truth of fact or religious truth of experience.”

What an inspiration. What are your thoughts on the search of #truth? Mrs. Bethune really was ahead of her time. To this day, she inspires us and makes us think about the big questions. What a wonderful teacher. #FeatureFriday #ImbibeIt #Bethunism

Today is #EarthDay! This global celebration encourages the education and stewardship of the planet's natural resources. ...
04/22/2021

Today is #EarthDay! This global celebration encourages the education and stewardship of the planet's natural resources. Whether in a backyard, neighborhood green space, or a magnificent national park, the National Park Service provides opportunities for everyone to discover and enjoy the physical and psychological benefits that come with spending time outdoors.

Mary McLeod Bethune lent her time, support, and name to a number of causes during her lifetime, particularly during her time as a D.C. resident. Did you know that she helped to establish the Seafarers Yacht Club DC? The Seafarer’s Yacht Club was organized in 1945 as the Seafarers Boat Club, and is the oldest African American yacht club in the United States. The D.C. clubhouse is located on the Anacostia River north of the John Philip Sousa Bridge (Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.) and just south of the CSX Railroad bridge (across from the skating rink in Anacostia Park). The Club was organized by Lewis T. Green, Sr., a wood carver and vocational arts teacher in the D.C. Public Schools, who built boats as a hobby, and in his search for a place to dock one of his boats, he contacted the Department of the Interior about the clubhouse’s current site. When it was told to him that he should establish a boat club, he did so, but waited for a response from the government. Eventually, with the help of Mrs. Bethune and First Lady #EleanorRoosevelt, he was able to rent the land for the Club, and they soon developed a commitment to boating safety and community service.

Today, the Club spearheads the annual Anacostia River Cleanup Day, held each Spring. To learn more about the National Park Service’s commitment to stewardship of the earth’s natural resources, visit: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/earth-day.htm. To learn more about the Seafarer’s Yacht Club of Washington, D.C., visit: https://www.seafarersyachtclub.com/.
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"This is Your Life: Mary McLeod Bethune" On March 5, 1949, #MaryMcLeodBethune appeared on an episode of the popular radi...
04/22/2021

"This is Your Life: Mary McLeod Bethune"

On March 5, 1949, #MaryMcLeodBethune appeared on an episode of the popular radio (later television) program, "This is Your Life." The documentary series was broadcast on #NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its producer #RalphEdwards. In the show, the host surprises a guest, and proceeds to take them through their life in front of an audience, including special guest appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. #TBT #ImbibeIt #ThisIsYourLife

Below, see host Ralph Edwards pictured with Mrs. Bethune at the taping, and from left to right: Arabella Denniston, Albert McLeod Bethune, Sr., Cecillia Smith, Leroy Bazell, Sadie Franklin, Charlotte Ford Clark, and Lucy Mitchell.
Photo credit: NPS/NABWH

"This is Your Life: Mary McLeod Bethune"

On March 5, 1949, #MaryMcLeodBethune appeared on an episode of the popular radio (later television) program, "This is Your Life." The documentary series was broadcast on #NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its producer #RalphEdwards. In the show, the host surprises a guest, and proceeds to take them through their life in front of an audience, including special guest appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. #TBT #ImbibeIt #ThisIsYourLife

Below, see host Ralph Edwards pictured with Mrs. Bethune at the taping, and from left to right: Arabella Denniston, Albert McLeod Bethune, Sr., Cecillia Smith, Leroy Bazell, Sadie Franklin, Charlotte Ford Clark, and Lucy Mitchell.
Photo credit: NPS/NABWH

Today is #WaybackWednesday! History happened and memories are made in national parks, and the Mary McLeod Bethune Counci...
04/21/2021

Today is #WaybackWednesday! History happened and memories are made in national parks, and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS is no exception. In October 1944 during their annual meeting, #NCNW members held a special ceremony to dedicate the house as their first national headquarters. At the dedication, Mrs. Bethune said, "Here women of all nationalities can come together without fear or hesitancy, secure in the knowledge that they meet as equals and as workers striving together."

77 years later, the home that once provided a place to host social functions, conduct NCNW business, and provide safe lodging for African American women during the era of legal segregation, stands as a reminder of Mrs. Bethune, the NCNW, and the many #AfricanAmericanWomen who have shaped #AmericanHistory. #NationalParkWeek #FindYourVirtualPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Image credit: NPS

#MaryMcLeodBethune #ImbibeIt #WednesdayWords #Bethunism
04/21/2021

#MaryMcLeodBethune #ImbibeIt #WednesdayWords #Bethunism

#MaryMcLeodBethune #ImbibeIt #WednesdayWords #Bethunism

It’s #TriviaTuesday!  In 1952, President Harry S Truman appointed Bethune as Official Delegate to the second inauguratio...
04/20/2021

It’s #TriviaTuesday! In 1952, President Harry S Truman appointed Bethune as Official Delegate to the second inauguration of the President of Liberia, William V.S. Tubman.

It’s #TriviaTuesday! In 1952, President Harry S Truman appointed Bethune as Official Delegate to the second inauguration of the President of Liberia, William V.S. Tubman.

Today is #TransformationTuesday! Check out this transformation blending an historic moment on the modern view.What makes...
04/20/2021

Today is #TransformationTuesday! Check out this transformation blending an historic moment on the modern view.

What makes something worth saving?
Image Credit: NPS, Christian Fuchs
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Today is #MilitaryMonday! In 1943, when the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) became the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), it ...
04/19/2021

Today is #MilitaryMonday! In 1943, when the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) became the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), it was decided that ten percent of the women officers would be African American. Mrs. Bethune hand-picked 41 African American women to become officers during World War II. Because she picked highly qualified individuals the program was successful.

What do you know about the experience of African American women in World War II?
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#MaryMcLeodBethune in speaking about the work of the #NCNW once wrote: “Yes, this has been a work of joy—joy in the stru...
04/19/2021

#MaryMcLeodBethune in speaking about the work of the #NCNW once wrote: “Yes, this has been a work of joy—joy in the struggle and responsibilities which we sought and accepted. A means to the realization of a dream for the Negro women of America, united with their sisters of all races, throughout the world. It was a dream of being able to say, ‘We will be heard!’ It was a dream of hearing the voices of women united for progress, without regard for race, creed, color or political affiliation. Voices ringing out in place of authority to support the interests of the masses of our people, and of all forward-looking programs.”

Do you have any dreams? Do you think that any part of Mrs. Bethune's dream has been realized? #MondaysWithMrsBethune #ImbibeIt #Dreams

#MaryMcLeodBethune in speaking about the work of the #NCNW once wrote: “Yes, this has been a work of joy—joy in the struggle and responsibilities which we sought and accepted. A means to the realization of a dream for the Negro women of America, united with their sisters of all races, throughout the world. It was a dream of being able to say, ‘We will be heard!’ It was a dream of hearing the voices of women united for progress, without regard for race, creed, color or political affiliation. Voices ringing out in place of authority to support the interests of the masses of our people, and of all forward-looking programs.”

Do you have any dreams? Do you think that any part of Mrs. Bethune's dream has been realized? #MondaysWithMrsBethune #ImbibeIt #Dreams

Today is VIP (Volunteer in Parks) Day! We’d like to say a great, big thank you to all of the people who donate their tim...
04/18/2021

Today is VIP (Volunteer in Parks) Day! We’d like to say a great, big thank you to all of the people who donate their time and talent as volunteers in national parks. The National Park Service offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups as part of the Volunteers-In-Parks program. Work behind the scenes or on the front line in positions ranging from a one-time service project/ volunteer event to a longer term position, serving alongside park employees or with one of our many partner organizations.

To learn more, visit: https://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm. To volunteer at our park, visit: https://www.nps.gov/mamc/getinvolved/volunteer.htm. #NationalParkWeek #FindYourVirtualPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPSVolunteer

Today is the first day of #NationalParkWeek! We encourage everyone to enjoy the health benefits of nature while practici...
04/17/2021

Today is the first day of #NationalParkWeek! We encourage everyone to enjoy the health benefits of nature while practicing social distancing in line with the most current CDC guidelines. Then, share your experience on your favorite social media channels with photos, video clips, and live streams using #ParkRx #BeforeAndAfterParkRx #HealthyParksHealthyPeople #ActivePeople #PostivelyWell #FindYourVirtualPark #PositivelyWell. We also join in giving a shout out to #HealthcareHeroes on this special day, too! For more info, visit: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/healthandsafety/park-rx.htm.
#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Today is the first day of #NationalParkWeek! We encourage everyone to enjoy the health benefits of nature while practicing social distancing in line with the most current CDC guidelines. Then, share your experience on your favorite social media channels with photos, video clips, and live streams using #ParkRx #BeforeAndAfterParkRx #HealthyParksHealthyPeople #ActivePeople #PostivelyWell #FindYourVirtualPark #PositivelyWell. We also join in giving a shout out to #HealthcareHeroes on this special day, too! For more info, visit: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/healthandsafety/park-rx.htm.
#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

In celebration of DC Emancipation Day, we also remember activist Loretta Carter Hanes who led the effort to commemorate ...
04/16/2021

In celebration of DC Emancipation Day, we also remember activist Loretta Carter Hanes who led the effort to commemorate this day. In 1992, Hanes posed in front of the Freedman's Memorial to Abraham Lincoln (Emancipation Monument) holding a copy of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation as part of a successful campaign to persuade the US National Archives to display the document. The exhibit was so popular that the National Archives extended its hours each night.

Which everyday people are heroes and heroines in your local community?

📸 credit: Loretta Carter Hanes Collection, DC History Center. #DCEmancipationDay #DC #DCHistory #History #LorettaCarterHanes #Freedom #Justice #Equality

In celebration of DC Emancipation Day, we also remember activist Loretta Carter Hanes who led the effort to commemorate this day. In 1992, Hanes posed in front of the Freedman's Memorial to Abraham Lincoln (Emancipation Monument) holding a copy of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation as part of a successful campaign to persuade the US National Archives to display the document. The exhibit was so popular that the National Archives extended its hours each night.

Which everyday people are heroes and heroines in your local community?

📸 credit: Loretta Carter Hanes Collection, DC History Center. #DCEmancipationDay #DC #DCHistory #History #LorettaCarterHanes #Freedom #Justice #Equality

One app, every park at your fingertips. The #NPSApp is the new official app for the National Park Service with tools to ...
04/16/2021

One app, every park at your fingertips. The #NPSApp is the new official app for the National Park Service with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide.

Download it today! #FindYourPark #FindYourVirtualPark #EncuentraTuParque #NationalParkWeek

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REMINDER: #NationalParkWeek begins tomorrow! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs, events, a...
04/16/2021

REMINDER: #NationalParkWeek begins tomorrow! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs, events, and digital experiences. There are also special theme days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks. #FindYourPark #FindYourVirtualPark #EncuentraTuParque

REMINDER: #NationalParkWeek begins tomorrow! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs, events, and digital experiences. There are also special theme days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks. #FindYourPark #FindYourVirtualPark #EncuentraTuParque

Today is DC Emancipation Day!#OTD 159 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act for t...
04/16/2021

Today is DC Emancipation Day!

#OTD 159 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia. In all, 3,100 enslaved people were freed, thus setting the stage for emancipation in other countries like Cuba and Brazil. The Act was issued nine months before Lincoln issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation. The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act represents the only example of compensation by the federal government to former owners of emancipated people who had been enslaved.

📸 credits: Harper’s Weekly, 1863 #DCEmancipationDay #DC #DCHistory #History #Freedom #Justice #Equality

Today is DC Emancipation Day!

#OTD 159 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia. In all, 3,100 enslaved people were freed, thus setting the stage for emancipation in other countries like Cuba and Brazil. The Act was issued nine months before Lincoln issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation. The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act represents the only example of compensation by the federal government to former owners of emancipated people who had been enslaved.

📸 credits: Harper’s Weekly, 1863 #DCEmancipationDay #DC #DCHistory #History #Freedom #Justice #Equality

Address

1318 Vermont Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC
20005

Nearby Metro Stations: McPherson Square (Blue/Orange) U Street (Green)

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Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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