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Have Coffee with George Washington Carver

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The staff of George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo. is inviting visitors to have "Coffee with Carver" at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2012, inside the visitor center.

This new program will feature a different topic of conversation each third Thursday, from January through March.

January's conversation is the "Usefulness of All Things." A park ranger will give a short talk showing examples of how George Washington Carver found value and beauty in common materials.

carverAfterwards, volunteer Gayle O'Hare will teach visitors how to create your own make-and-take burlap flowers.

Rangers are inviting visitors to bring a friend and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee. This program, for ages 18 and up, is free of charge and no reservations are required.

On Feb. 16, the topic will be "The Tie That Binds," faith and genealogy, while the March 15 topic will be "Victory Garden," Carver's bulletins and heirloom seeds.

Carver was born as a slave in 1864 on the Moses Carver Farm in Southwest Missouri, two miles west of Diamond, Mo. Surviving the Civil War and separation from his mother, Carver loved farming and the plants around him, He believed all of life's problems could be solved through nature. His scientific exploration began when he was a child living on the Moses Carver Farm.

As an instructor and mentor, Dr. Carver found fulfillment in his work with students and farmers. He believed in hands-on education. Today, the park service carries on his legacy by offering hands-on science lessons with students of all ages.

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.

He is buried on the campus of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. where he taught agriculture classes for 47 years.

The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then a quarter mile south on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at (417) 325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the park's Website at

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