Unveiling of Wayside Exhibits at Neosho 1872 Colored Schoolhouse


Two exhibits added at Carver schoolhouse

More preservation work on building still to be done


NEOSHO, Mo. — George Washington Carver enthusiasts gathered Tuesday at the Carver schoolhouse, 639 Young St. in Neosho, for the unveiling of two exhibits.

“It’s just a way of further connecting people to what is a very important resource,” said Jim Heaney, superintendent of George Washington Carver National Monument. “Not just because of Carver’s connection, but also because of the period that it served as a black school.”

The two exhibits are located on either side of the schoolhouse and contain historical, educational information about Carver’s struggle to find education and the family Carver stayed with in Neosho to keep from walking 9 miles to school every day.

“You can actually see something and learn a little bit in addition to enjoying the resource,” Heaney said.

The two exhibits cost approximately $5,000 in total.

The exhibits were made several years ago, along with some that were put up at the George Washington Carver National Monument. “We were just looking for a good time to unveil them,” Heaney said.

The schoolhouse opened in 1872, but Carver did not attend school there until approximately 1876. The school was rediscovered about 12 years ago when a bank was foreclosing on the house. The plan was to demolish it, but the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association stepped in to save the structure.

Since then, “they have been working with the National Park Service to try to restore the building and to get it on the National Register of Historic Places and give it the attention and recognition that it deserves,” Heaney said.

This summer, a national organization that helps preserve historic buildings, HistoriCorps, traveled to Neosho to restore the exterior of the building to its original appearance.

“It’s come a long way, but there’s still a lot to do,” Heaney said. There is still a lot of work to do to remodel the interior of the building, but Heaney hopes to have the entire structure completed and open for visitors by 2022, which is the 150th anniversary of the opening of the school.

“It’s very much a work in progress,” Heaney added. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but we do hope to finish it in the next couple of years.”

Thanks to the Joplin Globe for allowing the reprint of this article.

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2017 George Washington Carver Commemorative Dinner

The 2017 George Washington Carver Commemorative Dinner will be held at Crowder College, Neosho, MO., in the Farber Center,  Saturday, January 7th, 2017. FYI for those that may not know, January 5th will be the 74th anniversary of Dr. Carver’s death. Please plan to attend and help us celebrate the Life of Dr. George Washington Carver.  Agenda and speakers will be announced and posted to FB and the CBA website: www.carverbirthplaceassoc.org.  For more information please call:  Executive Director, Ann McCormick at 417 325-4151 Ext. 276

George Washington Carver Dinner


“Celebrating and Promoting the Legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver:
In the Spirit of Discovery, Sustainability, and Humanity”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:30- 9:30 PM
Keynote Speaker; Dr. Sherri Brown, Vice President, Science
Strategy, Monsanto Company
Knight Executive Education and Conference Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO
For more information and tickets Call: (314) 610-5796

Dr. George Washington Carver
In his January, 2016 State of the Union Address to the US Congress, President Obama cited Dr. George Washington Carver, along with Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers, as nationally (and even internationally) exemplars of the “spirit of discovery”! As a contextual umbrella, the spirit of discovery connotes novel innovations that served to promote improvements in the economic and social conditions of the US and the world. Moreover, the spirit of discovery, framed in the context of human development and education, is equally applicable to efforts undertaken by a young person to discover one’s talents, attributes and passions, as was the case of         Dr. Carver. His many novel accomplishments have been acknowledged as evidenced by Carver- named university and federal government buildings, a national monument, designated higher education academic programs, K-12 schools, museums and more. Yet, consistent with Dr. Carver’s observation that “we are in a pitiful condition today”(1), even a scant overview of the growing national divides; the plethora of international crises; the major increases in global population growth against rapidly expanding negatives bearing on the environment, its sustainability; critical issues such as water availability, food production and security, and extreme and sustained poverty; emerging agricultural and food workforce needs often obligating interdisciplinary education and practice; and constrained access to a quality education for many learners, in the aggregate, critically argue for judicious employment of the powerful lessons of Carver! Thus, the pressing tasks are to both clearly understand his lessons and effectively convey them – as guides for a life of significance and service to present and future generations of learners!
Objective of Annual Fundraising Dinner is to:

a) Celebrate the powerful legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver, who was not only a scientist and inventor, but an artist, musician, and liberally educated professional;

b) Recognize a much revered African American who, although born in slavery, possessed extraordinary psychological resiliency, multifaceted and brilliantly expressed talents, a steely capacity with which to effectively and purposefully respond to invidious soul-distorting characterizations of his being;

c) Promote better understanding of the lasting impacts of his many pioneering, innovative and novel accomplishments realized under decidedly adverse local, regional and national circumstances; as well as his demonstrable and remarkable ability to invoke new and necessary personal and shared identities that afforded him protection – at a very early age – against the social death required by the ethics and politics of enslavement, as well as the perverse influences of poverty that obtained throughout most of his childhood and even young adulthood; and

d) Then, purposefully, broadly, and sustainably employ his remarkable essence as a powerful example of the spirit of discovery , sustainability and exemplar personal and professional attributes to the decided benefit of present and future generations, especially youthful learner, through programming of the rehabilitated Neosho School attended by Dr. Carver and the affiliated interpretation and education center.
Thus, to enable us to reach the aforementioned objectives of the annual fundraising dinner, the net proceeds from this evening’s event will be assigned to the Neosho Schoolhouse Project and to the annual CBA student scholarship fund.

Carver Day 2016

Join us on Saturday, July 9th for our 2016 Carver Day Celebration.

“Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland” play comes to Carver Day, July 9
Diamond, MO – The staff of George Washington Carver National Monument is pleased to announce that the Bright Star Touring Theater will present an original play Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland during the 73rd Carver Day celebration on July 9. The play has toured to or near over 20 National Parks in the Midwest during 2016, and has been enjoyed by over 7,000 people. The shows will be at 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Seating is limited. Admission is FREE.
The National Park Service & Bright Star Touring Theatre teamed up to produce Lift Every Voice designed especially to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial and many Black Americans who made a difference in the American Midwest. Watch the pages of history come to life with interactive scenes: from the first black homesteaders reaching Nicodemus, KS to the Little Rock Nine on their first day of school. Meet famous leaders, groundbreakers and heroes such as Charles Young, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington Carver in this engaging and educational performance. Audiences will learn about many great National Parks throughout the Midwest, such as the Lincoln Home in Springfield, IL, Brown v Board of Education in Topeka, KS, and The Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, NE. This production also includes empowering songs such as “Oh Freedom,” “I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table,” “For Lincoln and Liberty Too,” and “Home on the Range.”
Lift Every Voice is ideal for kids ages 8-12, but all can enjoy this wonderful performance!
A Call to Action Strategic Plan charts a path toward the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service and one action concept, History Lesson, expands the meaning of parks and provides opportunities to learn more about their heritage. Lift Every Voice is designed to meet the National Park Service’s Centennial goal of connecting with and creating the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.