73rd 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 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend the 73rd 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. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service so this year’s event will be a very special one!
Special speakers this year include Audrey Peterman, author of Our True Nature, Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System and Legacy of the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care and Toby Warren, author of My Dear Boy, Jack. The latter is an inspirational story of Carver’s friendship with a young child with polio.
Bright Star Theatre will entertain visitors with a production of Lift Every Voice, The Black Experience in the Heartland. This play celebrates the National Park Service Centennial and African American history in the Midwest, and has received great reviews as it has traveled through the region being performed at 20 different cities. In addition, performing will be the Roz Gospel Trio from Kansas City; gospel singing group, Sensational Wonders; area choirs; Memphis gospel blues singer and guitarist, Reverend John Wilkins.
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.