(Diamond, MO) – The staff and volunteers of George Washington Carver National Monument invite you to their Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. This annual event is free of charge and is a great opportunity to share some holiday cheer and greetings and to meet the park’s staff and volunteers. Guests will be able to create ornaments at make-and-take stations throughout the visitor center and listen to local musicians, Robin’s Hood, as they entertain with their jazzy renditions of holiday favorites, plus some original compositions. Hot cocoa, apple cider, and cookies will be available for everyone to enjoy!
George Washington Carver shared Christmas memories and greetings in some of his handmade greeting cards sent to friends. A reading of George Washington Carver’s Christmas cards will take place at 1:30 pm and some of his original cards will be on display. A special exhibit will feature selections from the Missouri Slave Narratives, a 1930s oral history collection, conducted by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The exhibit provides a sober reminder about the experiences of enslaved individuals during the holiday season. Park rangers will be available to answer questions.
The 28-minute film, Struggle and Triumph – The Legacy of George Washington Carver, will be shown throughout the day and guided tours of the Carver Trail will be offered at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Park hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Generous support for Holiday Open House provided by the Carver Birthplace Association, the park cooperating association.
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 www.nps.gov/gwca, or visit the park Facebook page.
About the National Park Service:
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George Washington Carver National Monument