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.

https://causemomentum.org/projects/george-washington-carver-schoolhouse


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

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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 www.carverbirthplaceassoc.org/ or write Ms. Ann McCormick, CBA Executive Director at 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840. Email inquiries can be directed to Ms. McCormick at cba.volunteers@gmail.com and Carver Dinner planning committee co-chair Paxton Williams at williams.pax@gmail.com.


Great Articles on 2017 Carver Day

http://www.neoshodailynews.com/news/20170711/george-washington-carver-and-friends-brought-black-history-to-life

http://www.neoshodailynews.com/news/20170711/monument-sees-crowd-during-carver-day


Carver Day 2017 video.

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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.

https://causemomentum.org/projects/george-washington-carver-schoolhouse


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 www.nps.gov/gwca 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.


National Junior Ranger Day

National Junior Ranger Day

 DIAMOND, MO.  – Join park rangers on Saturday, April 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at George Washington Carver National Monument for National Junior Ranger Day. Children of all ages will be able to participate in activities including learning about the life of George Washington Carver through a new Junior Ranger activity booklet and a special tour. Kids will also be able to make their own arts and crafts from recyclable materials as well as learn about old-fashioned toys and games.

Last year we celebrated the National Park Service’s Centennial in August 2016. Now, we look into the next 100 years and engage the next generation of park rangers to protect our federal lands for future generations. Children are welcome to join a conversation with a park ranger to discuss what national parks mean to them and their vision for the future.

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. National Junior Ranger Day is an annual agency-wide celebration designed to connect youth to their national parks.

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., visit the park website at www.nps.gov/gwca, or visit the park Facebook page.

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Walk With A Doc Program and Park Rx Day

Park Rx Day Special Programs

Diamond, MO- George Washington Carver National Monument is pleased to offer programs to support and encourage community health and well-being. Join a National Park Service ranger, a yoga instructor from Four States Yoga and Restoration Center, along with a Freeman Health Systems doctor for Park Rx Day, as a part of National Park Week.

It’s all happening at George Washington Carver National Monument, 11:30-2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23rd. A certified yoga instructor will lead participants through gentle flow class focused on building strength and increasing flexibility beginning at 11:30 a.m. Participants should bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes that allow bending and moving freely. People are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats, but there will be some available to use.

Beginning at 1 p.m., becoming healthier can literally be a walk in the park. Bring your health related questions and join a doctor from Freeman Health System for a one-mile walk to better health. This special “Walk with a Doc” program is a fun way you can connect to nature for your health.

Park Rx Day is a day for people everywhere to give themselves the gift of good health, with a walk in the park or yoga, and to celebrate the growing Park Rx movement that has doctors prescribing time in parks to their patients to improve their health. Park Rx Day aligns with the U.S. Surgeon General’s Step It Up! Campaign by promoting walking outside in parks and creating walkable communities to improve people’s health.

These “Find Your Park” events 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.

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at 417-325-4151between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., visit the park website at www.nps.gov/gwca, or visit the park Facebook page.

 

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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 417 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.


Teachers Workshop

Teacher Workshop Announced for George Washington Carver National Monument

Diamond, Missouri – George Washington Carver National Monument announces a STEM-based workshop for middle school and high school teachers, on August 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our partner, the Missouri Geographic Alliance, will share the National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Processes through lessons and activities for K-12 educators to use to teach critical thinking skills through hands-on learning. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) event! Participants will receive hands-on learning experience with ArcGIS software to help students explore data, create story maps, and form conclusions.

Faculty from the Missouri Southern State University School of Teacher Education, a park partner, will provide a geography-based social studies application, easily adapted for classroom use. Missouri Department of Conservation Education Specialist Jeff Cantrell will share information about field trip grants integrating Discover Nature Schools curriculum. All participants will receive George Washington Carver social studies lesson plans and films on a free USB flash drive.

There is no fee for this professional development opportunity, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 417-325-4151, message us on Facebook, or send an email to GWCA_interpretation@nps.gov.

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.

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian.

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2017 4th Grade Art & Essay Contest at George Washington Carver Monument

DIAMOND, Mo. — The George Washington Carver National Monument is accepting fourth-grade art and essay contest submissions until Feb. 17.

This year’s theme is built on a quote that is attributed to Carver: “My work is that of conservation, the saving of things that the average person throws away.”

The annual contest is a way for the monument to encourage fourth-graders to research Carver’s life.

This year, the national monument installed a new exhibit on Carver, recycling, conservation and sustainability. This exhibit is where the idea for this year’s theme stemmed.

“Sustainability is a huge emphasis here,” said Diane Eilenstein, park ranger. “We work really hard at that, and that is very much like George Washington Carver.”

Carver formed his first lab from items he found in the trash, Eilenstein said. He used broken bottles, old tin cans and other disregarded items to make his lab at the Tuskegee Institute.

“He was very creative, resourceful and frugal,” Eilenstein said. “Even when he had money to spend, he was very careful and was always finding new uses for old things.”

The monument partners with the Missouri Southern State University Department of Teacher Education and the Carver Birthplace Association to make the event possible. Both provide volunteers who help set up the artwork and essays as well as judge the pieces.

“We all work together, and for the (fourth-grade) teachers to justify taking the time out to do something extra like this, we have to make sure it’s curriculum-based,” Eilenstein said. “It’s an extremely valuable program for kids to participate in.”

A researched-based rubric is used to score essays, and future elementary art teachers judge the artwork. Eilenstein said many teachers have their students work on the art and essays during English and art classes.

“It’s just a whole lot of fun and helps the students learn more about Mr. Carver,” Eilenstein said.

Park rangers are available to speak to classes about Carver and this year’s theme.

“The volunteers encourage the children to just work a little harder,” Eilenstein said. “What’s it going to take to make your essay the one that rises above the rest?”

First-place winners of both categories receive a trophy and a gift certificate to spend in the bookstore at the monument. Second- and third-place winners, along with the most creative classroom of both categories, will receive trophies and certificates.

Every Kid in a Park

Any fourth-grader who attends the awards ceremony for the art and essay contest at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the visitor’s center of the George Washington Carver National Monument will receive a plastic Every Kid in a Park Pass.