Founder’s Day

October 3, 1904 Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune started the Daytona Literary and Industrial School for the Training of Negro Girls with 1.50 and faith in God. Each year we honor our founder for her tenacity and courage.

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s Birthday

Every year on July 10th the community of Daytona Beach gathers in honor of the birth of the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. This tradition of celebration and remembrance brings together people from all walks of life to pay homage to the daughter of enslaved parents who rose to become known as “First Lady of Negro America.” This year on July 9,2015 we will be celebrating at the Bethune Foundation Home.

Books and Bears

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read” –Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune

We invite you to join us for the Bethune-Cookman University Reading Initiative Program as we host "Books and Bears” on the campus of the university in Swisher Library. The program invites local children between the ages of 4 and 11 to read books, make arts/crafts and enjoy refreshments. This initiative seeks to increase community engagement, enhance early reading skills and promote the use of library resource materials. The program is a partnership between the B-CU Swisher Library, the Bethune Foundation and the B-CU School of Education.

Upcoming dates for "Books and Bears":

  • September 12, 2015
  • October 17, 2015
  • November 14, 2015
  • December 5, 2015
  • January 28, 2016
  • February 20, 2016
  • March 19, 2016
  • April 16, 2016
  • May 14, 2016

Located in the Swisher Library from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

National Historic Landmark Celebration

December 2, 2014 will mark 40 years that the Bethune Foundation has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Join us as we celebrate this auspicious occasion.

Summer Hours

June 1st- July 30th

Tour Hours  Monday- Thursday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Available Saturdays's by appointments only