Prairie Day at George Washington Carver National Monument
DIAMOND – The staff of George Washington Carver National Monument invites you to Prairie Day on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Held in conjunction with the City of Diamond’s Gem City Days, Prairie Day is FREE of charge. Learn more about George Washington Carver’s childhood environment through storytelling, music, living history, and exhibits.
There is something for everyone at Prairie Day and children may earn a special junior ranger badge. Emmy Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk will share stories of the Underground Railroad and African American settlements on the Great Plains. Critically acclaimed Blackberry Winter Band, featured in the Oscar-nominated film Winter’s Bone will perform their unique form of folk music from the Ozarks Hills.
Across the grounds you will be able to watch a banjo builder, learn about Civil War medicine, and see a display of wild edibles from Master Gardeners. Learn more at the exhibits about geology, birding, and archeology. Visit with Missouri Master Naturalists about grassland plants and animals. Storytellers will entertain and educate during horse-drawn accessible wagon rides. Food is available for purchase from the Neosho Lions Club at the concession stand and you will find a beautiful picnic area with plenty of tables
Walk the trail to the 1881 Moses Carver House and watch basket weavers, dip your own candle, watch a blacksmith, see wool spinning and weaving, and churn butter. Enjoy the Paic Family Fiddlers, Ripplin’ Creek, and Civil War-era music from Holmes Brigade Minstrels.
Prairie Day is designed to connect people to their local national parks. 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.
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. 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. or find us on Facebook.