Tuskegee and Auburn universities to explore life of George Washington Carver



TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 6, 2012) — Tuskegee’s most celebrated professor and scientist will be remembered during George Washington Carver Day programs held at Tuskegee University and Auburn University, respectively, on Saturday. The programs will focus on several aspects from Carver’s life and work including science, nutrition, environmental conservation and art.

“There’s more to Carver than just the peanut research,” said Shirley Baxter, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site park ranger.

Panel discussions on the scientist will be held at both institutions. The first discussion will be at 10 a.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum located on Tuskegee’s campus and the second will be held at 3 p.m. at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Guest speakers will include Dana Chandler, Tuskegee University archivist and adjunct history professor; Mark Hersey, assistant history professor at Mississippi State University and author of “My Work is that of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver;” and Gary Kremer, executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, adjunct history professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and author of “George Washington Carver: A Biography.” A book signing will follow the presentations.

In addition to the Tuskegee panel discussion, the following activities will be featured at the Carver museum:

  • At 1 p.m., a children’s art workshop on Carver will be held. Participants will view some of the scientist’s artwork and create a collage that will be on display at the museum throughout January.
  • Refreshments, featuring peanuts and sweet potatoes, will be served after the panel and the workshop reflecting the influence of the scientist’s agricultural and nutritional work. Some of the foods will be made from Carver’s recipes.
  • Seldom seen artifacts from the Tuskegee University Archives, including the Carver meteorite, will also be on display at the museum. 
  • Former Tuskegee students who personally knew Carver will be in the audience and available for questions.

The programs are sponsored by a partnership with the National Park Service, Eastern National, Tuskegee University and Auburn University. All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the George Washington Carver Day events, contact Shirley Baxter at 334-727-3200 or Shirley_k_baxter@nps.gov.  

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