Even though it is a week away, I am looking forward to covering Coffee with Carver at the George Washington Carver National Monument.
The program is titled "Usefulness of All Things," at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17. The program is free and open to the public over the age of 18 and will be held inside the visitor's center. No reservations are required.
This is the second year for the monument to host this unique event, where a park ranger will talk to the group about the subject and then park volunteers will either do hands on activities or they will show the group some original documents or artifacts on display.
In a previous interview, park ranger Diane Eilenstein said, "(we) are talking about Carver's ability to find a new use for items that may have been typically discarded or thrown away. He found a lot of value in everything. He would make beautiful pieces of artwork, all sorts of items that you and I might throw away. We are going to see some of his needlework, artwork, and just learn about why he was like this. And how he used that throughout his life. We are going to conclude Jan. 17, with making cornhusk dolls. One of our volunteers is going to lead a session showing everyone how to do it. We will have the supplies there and everyone should be able to take home a cornhusk creation of their own."
There will be freshly brewed coffee as well during the program. The program will last about an hour and two more will follow –on the third Thursday of February and March. Call 325-4151 for more details.
Ever since I was a young kid, I have always enjoyed going to the monument. Carver has always been an interesting person to learn about.
If you have the opportunity to attend the program, I highly suggest it. It is educational for everyone who will attend.
Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org