Newton County Missouri

Check out this great video of Newton County, Missouri. It includes footage of the first National Park dedicated to a black man. George Washington Carver National Monument will be 75 years old in 2018. George Washington Carver was born into slavery in Diamond Grove, Missouri. George attended his first formal school at the 1872 Colored School in Neosho, MO. and from that point forward his thirst for knowledge, led him to Iowa State University in Ames, IA, and to Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. What an amazing story.

2017-18 Annual George Washington Carver Birthplace Association Membership Meeting

The 2017-18 Annual George Washington Carver Birthplace Association meeting will be held at George Washington Carver National Monument on Saturday, November 4th, 10:00 a.m.

The meeting is open to all members of CBA. Plan to attend and bring a friend.

Due to lunch being served, please RSVP by Thursday, November 2nd to reserve a spot for lunch.

2017-18 Annual CBA Meeting Agenda
Please see the attached agenda, and/or call CBA at 417 325-4151 Ext 276 for more information

January 5, 2018 is the 75th Anniversary of Dr. Carver’s death. Please help us commemorate this very important day. Please enjoy our new 75th Anniversary Logo.

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Carver Road closed from Hwy V to George Washington Carver National Monument

Beginning Monday, October 16th a portion of Carver Rd. north of the park entrance will be closed as part of the Newton County bridges replacement project for 2017. This closure is expected to end by Thursday, March 1, 2018. During the closure, George Washington Carver National Monument will remain open. During this time access to the park will be from the south on Carver Road.
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Storytelling Festival was a Huge Success.

The Storytelling Festival on Friday and Saturday, was an amazing program. Attendees noted it was one of the best events of its kind, they had ever attended. The George Washington Carver National Monument hopes to make this a yearly tradition. Check out the many free events offered every month.

Prairie Day will be Saturday, September the 9th. See the George Washington Carver National Park Website at: or check out their Facebook Page: George Washington Carver National Monument.

See You Soon!

Neosho 1872 Schoolhouse Roof Donated

Phillip Camerer Roofing in Neosho has generously offered, to replace the roof at the Neosho 1872 Schoolhouse, aka 1872 Carver School. This is, at no cost to the Carver Birthplace Association. We have many great supporters that have donated toward this project, and we appreciate every person that gave from their heart. We want to make sure our donors are aware of this and we ask that you contact Ann McCormick at 417 325-4151 or to confirm the use of your donated funds. If you would like to sponsor another part of the renovation, in lieu of the roof, please call and specify how you would like to see your funds spent. If you would like to leave it to the discretion of the CBA Board of Directors, on the what part of the project the funds are needed the most, please let us know that, also.

You will receive a letter and a tax exempt receipt for your donation.

Thank you for supporting this wonderful project. We will keep you updated on the progress of the renovation, and look forward to your continuing interest.

National Senior Park Pass Information

The George Washington Carver National Monument does not sell the National Senior Park Pass. Please check with Wilson’s Creek Battlefield National Park in Springfield, MO, Pea Ridge Battlefield National Park, Pea Ridge Arkansas, or the National Fish Hatchery in Neosho, MO.

Fundraising Underway for New Roof at The Neosho Carver Schoolhouse

The Carver Birthplace Association in co-operation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has started a fundraising effort to raise $8,000 to replace the roof on the Neosho Carver Schoolhouse. As you may know, the Schoolhouse has been placed on the National Historic Preservation list. We are now raising funds to complete some of the very important tasks needed to preserve this historic treasure. We have raised $4,564 of the $8,000 needed for this very important project.

I have attached the link to our fundraising page, if you, or someone you know, would consider donating to this very important cause. This is a tax deductible contribution, so you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

Thank you.

List of Products for School Children to Purchase

The Carver Birthplace Association Gift Shop has many things for $5.00 or less for purchase. This is especially important for our school groups, as parents can decide what they want their child to purchase, in advance of their visit. We place each child’s purchase in a bag with their name on it, and place that bag into the “Teacher’s Bag.” When they arrive back at school, the teacher, then gives the child his bag. This prevents many heartaches and headaches, as children get excited on the trail and may forget their purchase, leaving it behind.

Please check out our list of items we recommend for grade school children.School List of Products

2nd Annual George Washington Carver Dinner

The George Washington Carver Dinner is the major annual fundraising event for the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association (CBA), the 501 (c)3 Cooperating Association to the National Park Service at George Washington Carver National Monument.

The inaugural Carver Dinner was held on September 20, 2016 at Washington University in St. Louis; the event included the presentation of several awards to K-12 and Undergraduate students, and notably the conferral of the Carver Distinguished Service and Innovation Award to the Hon. Thomas J. Vilsack, 30th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and 40th Governor of Iowa, and Dr. Luther S. Williams, distinguished educator, scientist, and administrator.

The Second Annual Carver Dinner will pay tribute to the Carver legacy in Iowa and to the role Iowa and Iowans played in George Washington Carver’s development. The recipients of the George Washington Carver Distinguished Service and Innovation Award, the Carver Spirit of Innovation Award, and the Carver Rising Leader in Service and Innovation Award will also be recognized. Proceeds from the Dinner will support signature CBA programs, in particular the renovation of the 1872 Colored School attended by a young George and the continued development of an accompanying distance-education enabled educational and interpretative center. The Dinner will be held at the Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Tickets to the Carver Dinner are $125. Tables of eight are available for $800. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. In the Comment section, please provide the name of attendees (if known) and any titles/affiliations. The Carver Dinner begins with an hour-long reception at 5:30.

For further information, please see or write Ms. Ann McCormick, CBA Executive Director at 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840. Email inquiries can be directed to Ms. McCormick at and Carver Dinner planning committee co-chair Paxton Williams at

Great Articles on 2017 Carver Day

Carver Day 2017 video.

Cause Momentum Fundraising underway for Neosho Carver/Colored Schoolhouse project

The fundraising project to begin repairs to the Neosho Carver/Colored Schoolhouse project is underway. This fundraising effort will replace the existing roof with the correct roofing materials that were used during the time Carver attended the school as a child. Please see the attached link to donate to this very important cause.

2017 Annual Carver Day


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74th Annual Carver Day Celebration

Diamond, Missouri: George Washington Carver National Monument is pleased to announce the park’s annual Carver Day celebration to be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend the 74th Carver Day anniversary to commemorate the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. The event is free of charge.

Our guest speaker is author Peter Burchard (Carver: A Great Soul). He has championed Carver for years with several books, websites and film, and wrote an excellent study for the park a few years ago called, George Washington Carver: For His Times and Ours. Peter always gives a thoughtful and inspiring presentation.

Bright Star Theatre will entertain visitors with a production of George Washington Carver and Friends, which includes cameos from Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robison, Thurgood Marshall, and others. In addition, performing will be the Roz Gospel Trio; gospel singing group, Sensational Wonders; area choirs: and Memphis gospel blues singer and guitarist, Reverend John Wilkins.
Activities are scheduled throughout the day, including exhibitors, musical performances, guided tours, educational programs, children’s activities, Junior Ranger station, and much more. The Diamond Lions Club will provide a food concession. A schedule of events will be announced soon.

This “Find Your Park” event invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place — it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.

Please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for further information or visit our website at and Facebook page. Carver Day is co-sponsored by the Carver Birthplace Association, with support from the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund and Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau. George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, then south ¼ mile on Carver Road.