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George Washington Carver National Monument "Coffee With Carver" Program

Fans of George Washington Carver are getting the opportunity to learn about Carver's life.
DIAMOND, MO.--- History buffs are learning even more about one the most famous people from our area, all through letters from the past. Fans of George Washington Carver are getting the opportunity to learn about Carver's life. Not just where he was born, but why he did what he did, and thought what he thought.

"Coffee with Carver is a little series that we have had going on for a couple years now. And it's a series where we look at Carver, look at different areas of Carver's life more in depth," said Curtis Gregory, Park Ranger. 

"Coffee with Carver" is a free program series held monthly. This month, the program focused on Carver's letters.
 
"Today we were talking about Carver and some of his correspondents and some cards he would send to friends and colleagues," said Gregory. 

Those letters let history buffs get to know Carver better than reading books. 

"His interest in art and music and science, it just gives individuals more of an idea of how he was so interested in these different areas," said Gregory. 

Letters weren't the only thing Carver wrote.

"Besides writing letters, he also made his own cards. Homemade cards by painting different little cards and gave them away as Christmas cards," said Gregory. 

Participants were able to make their own cards. For Linda Simmons, getting a card in the mail is a big deal.  

"When you receive a card, you receive a part of that person," said Linda Simmons, Volunteer. 

"Coffee with Carver" is held on the third Thursday of each month through March.

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