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“Inspirational Leader, Disappointing Tour” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
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Half-day Washington DC Sightseeing Tour by Coach
Ranked #185 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: Home of the founder and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women.
Springfield, Massachusetts
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“Inspirational Leader, Disappointing Tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is the only national park (and we've been to 235 so far!) where we had to knock on the door and wait to be let in. That was a clue as to how infrequently folks visit this site. Mary McLeod Bethune was an amazing woman, and we were so glad to learn about her here. However, our tour guide was less than inspiring (He fell asleep during the film! I really couldn't blame it; it was rather dull) Ususally the park service does a better job in bringing historical figures to life.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank SJH3827
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“Warrants More Attention”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Somehow we seem to understate the contributions of some people and we need to have sites such this to be more robust so that visitiors can better capture why it is important.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Noel J
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Naperville, Illinois
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“Nice to have a personal tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

We were the only two people in the place when we visited and having a private tour was essential. We learned a lot about this amazing woman that we didn't know. I have to think that if you go at any off hour you will probably get the same - the park ranger was extremely accommodating and helpful. Don't need more than a half an hour but if you are in the area and interested in history stop by and learn something.

Visited January 2014
4 Thank mja1982
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Toronto, Canada
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“An interesting part of women's African-American history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Mary McLeod Bethune was one of America's most influential African-American black women. She was founder of the National Council of Negro Women (which still exists today) and an adviser to several Presidents.

This national historic site was the home of the Council from 1943 until 1966 when it was severely damaged by a fire. It also served as Mary McLeod Bethune's home when she was in Washington.

While the historic property is an important site for African-American history it does not offer much of significant interest. There are numerous photos on the wall of Mary McLeod Bethune but little else on display. You can watch an interesting film in what was the conference room and tour the upstairs rooms which include Mary McLeod Bethune's bedroom and office.

What made the tour of particular interest was the passion and knowledge of the National Park Service ranger who served as my guide (I was the only visitor when I dropped by on a Monday afternoon). While I don't recall her name (she was African-American) she made the tour worthwhile.

The site will not be of much interest to younger visitors but is a worthwhile detour if you have a keen interest in African-American history.

Visited May 2013
5 Thank John B
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