Carver Day 2020

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Carver Day events will not be held in person this year. Carver Day 2020 will be celebrated virtually on park social media platforms. This year we are commemorating the 77th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park on July 14, 1943, the first one to honor an African American. Please call, or visit https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeWashingtonCarverNM/ or https://twitter.com/gwcarvernps for more information.

"It is with the great regret that, in the interest of staff and public safety, we needed to cancel the Carver Day event at the park on July 11. We are looking forward to celebrating with everyone at the park at next year's Carver Day. But we are thrilled to still honor the establishment of the first National Park dedicated to an African American and Carver's extraordinary life on our social media platforms this July, and I hope you will join us.", said Superintendent Jim Heaney. 

Carver Day 2020 is going virtual and the park will be celebrating on the social media platforms beginning Saturday, July 11th at 9am. Please plan a virtual visit for films, historic photographs, videos of past presenters and performing artists, Carver trivia, learn about the Carver Birthplace Association, past exhibitors, and more! The fun will run each day with new posts through Carver Day on Tuesday, July 14th.

This year Missouri Southern State University will help celebrate in a big way! They will be broadcasting films about George Washington Carver and videos of past Carver Day events on KGCS-TV on the schedule below.

 

Sunday, July 12

7:00 p.m. Struggle and Triumph: The Legacy of George Washington Carver film

7:30 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2015 – John Perry, author of Unshakable Faith, Booker T. Washington & George Washington Carver and George Washington Carver

8:00 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2012 – John Ferrell, author of Fruits of Creation: A Look at Global Sustainability as Seen Through the Eyes of George Washington Carver

 

 

Monday, July 13

6:00 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2010 – Dr. Mark Hersey, author of My Work is that of Conservation, An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver

7:00 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2018 – Gary Kremer, Author of Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri and George Washington Carver: In His Own Words

8:00 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2009 – Clifton Taulbert, author, business consultant and speaker. He is best known for his books Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored and Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities

9:00 p.m. Struggle and Triumph: The Legacy of George Washington Carver film

 

 

Tuesday, July 14

 

6:00 p.m. Struggle and Triumph: The Legacy of George Washington Carver film

6:30 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2016 – Toby Warren, author of My Dear Boy, Jack. The inspirational story of Carver’s friendship with a young child with polio

7:00 p.m. Seeds of Success: The Legacy of George Washington Carver film

7:30 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2015 – John Perry, author of Unshakable Faith, Booker T. Washington & George Washington Carver and George Washington Carver

8:00 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2009 – Clifton Taulbert, author, business consultant and speaker. He is best known for his books Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored and Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities

9:00 p.m. Special Presentation: Carver Day 2018 – Gary Kremer, Author of Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri and George Washington Carver: In His Own Words

 

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. Carver Day is co-sponsored by the Carver Birthplace Association and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

 

 

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