Friday, Sep 30, 2011
On Saturday, September 10th, over 2,000 visitors attended Prairie Day, an annual event that features aspects of rural life during Carver’s childhood.
The 1881 Moses Carver House was the scene of living history demonstrations including blacksmithing, gardening, weaving, spinning, corn shelling, lye soap making, and traditional music.
Visitors took wagon rides through the prairie while storytellers shared history of the Carver farm. Exhibits across park grounds included food preservation, edible and medicinal plants, log-hewing, woodcarving, Civil War history, quilting and other handiwork, and toys and games. Storytellers shared tales of tragedy and triumph from formerly enslaved people, and musicians shared the history and music of Missouri and the Civil War era. Natural history exhibits included prairie ecology, prescribed fire, bison, and other prairie animals and birds.
George Washington Carver’s mother was enslaved on the Carver farm and gave birth to George during the Civil War. George Washington Carver National Monument preserves his birthplace and childhood home.
Prairie Day was made possible by the Carver Birthplace Association and over 130 Volunteers In Parks.
“The addition of new offerings blended well with established ones,” said Jim Heaney, the park’s superintendent. “In addition, the dedication of Volunteers In Parks and the unprecedented number of visitors to this event in recent years made Prairie Day a success.”