72nd 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 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend the 72nd 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.
Special speakers this year include John Perry, author of Unshakable Faith, Booker T. Washington & George Washington Carver and George Washington Carver and Dr. Eulanda Sanders, Donna R. Danielson Endowed Professor in Textiles and Clothing; Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Iowa State University. Master Storyteller Gladys Coggwells will entertain visitors with a presentation entitled, In the Tradition of George Washington Carver Musical performers include Lem Sheppard, Blues, Jazz, and Folk guitarist & musician; vocalist Roz McCommon; gospel blues singer and guitarist, Reverend John Wilkins; and area church choirs.
Activities are scheduled throughout the day, including storytelling, 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.
In the National Park Service, A Call to Action Strategic Plan charts a path toward the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, one action concept; “History Lesson” showcases the meaning of parks to new audiences and provides an opportunity for communities to learn more about their heritage. In response, Carver Day celebrates the African American experience through guest speakers, storytelling, music, and educational programs.
Please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for further information. 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. 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.