Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site" on Tuesday, March 19th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building's Rachel Carson Room.

Many women played important roles in the Civil Rights Movement. In recent years, the National Park Service has endeavored to eradicate the notion of women playing minor roles as change agents in such movements by establishing sites that honor their work and longstanding contributions. One such site is the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. As the second unit of the national park system named in honor of an African American woman, this three-story Victorian townhouse has stood as a monument to Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and the countless African American women that faced the challenges of race and gender with a tireless spirit and determination.

In 1935, Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) to give African American women a collective national voice at a time when they were typically shunned or ignored. In 1943 when a red brick townhouse in the Logan Circle area of Washington, DC became available, Bethune quickly purchased it and made it their national headquarters. Park Ranger John T. Fowler II will discuss how the Council House provided the setting for countless meetings in which NCNW members created and implemented programs to help combat discrimination.

To register for this program, please go to the following link:

Please also note that we will be offering WebEx webinar access for this program.  If you are interested in remote live access to this program, please note it on the online registration form.

If the registration link above does not work at your location, you may also register using the Library's online Contact Form at  Please list the title of the program on the subject line and let us know if you wish to receive webinar access information.

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at for more information about this program and/or directions.   For more information about DOI Library resources and services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at

We hope you can join us in person or virtually on March 19th!


George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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Phone: (202) 208-3796
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