George Washington Carver National Monument’s Annual Prairie Day Set for September 9, 2023

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(Diamond, MO)George Washington Carver National Monument staff and volunteers invite the public to Prairie Day, set for Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Held in conjunction with Gem City Days in Diamond, Missouri, Prairie Day commemorates George Washington Carver’s childhood environment through storytelling, music, historic skills demonstrations, and interactive exhibits. This event is free of charge!

Exhibitors share history, archaeology, and demonstrations such as basket making, treadle machine sewing, apple cider making, crocheting, knitting, an old‐fashioned quilting bee, and woodcarving. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge, play old‐fashioned toys and games, and visit the therapy horses. At the music tent, talented musicians will share Ozarks history. In the visitor center, Ozark storyteller and musician, Marideth Sisco, will share “Stories and Songs from the American Front Porch” at 1:00 pm. Natural resource exhibits include prairie ecology, pollinators, entomology, beekeeping, birds, mammals, and prairie walks with a naturalist.

At the 1881 Carver House, volunteers will share their talent and knowledge as they demonstrate historic skills such as spinning, weaving, Dutch oven cooking, lye soap making, food preservation, butter making, and music. Visitors can make butter, dip a candle, and do laundry on a washboard.

Prairie Day is co‐sponsored by the Carver Birthplace Association. Special thanks to Volunteers In Parks who make this event possible. Diamond Lions Club will provide food concessions.

About George Washington Carver National Monument:

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 pm, visit the park website at, or visit the park Facebook page.

About the National Park Service: 

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Diane Eilenstein
George Washington Carver National Monument

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