A host of events will be held on Saturday at the George Washington Carver National Monument.

From 1- 3 p.m., the monument will hold its annual Holiday Open House at the visitor center.

“We are going to have some musical entertainment which we have the Strings & Things Dulcimer Club and Hawthorne, and they are going to be performing traditional music of the season down in the multi-purpose room,” said Curtis Gregory, park ranger at the monument. “We are going to have some refreshments of cookies, hot cider, hot chocolate and coffee downstairs and then upstairs, we are going to have several different craft stations set up, where visitors and children can string popcorn, they can make some seed jewelry with corn and beans and pomanders — oranges and cloves.”

The event is free and open to all ages.

The crafts that visitors will be able to make and take home with them are similar to what Carver himself might have done or seen.

“George would have definitely seen and done some of those type of activities or they would have been doing some of those activities here in Southwest Missouri area,” he said. “Some of the visitors do remember stringing popcorn or making pomanders, and rag dolls of their generation.”

Several of Carver’s hand-painted Christmas cards and letters will be on display along with remembrances of 19th century Ozark traditions and excerpts from Missouri Slave Narratives.
A special showing of the PBS feature “Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone” will run at noon and again at 3 p.m. Filmed in 2007, this 52-minute program features the splendor of winter in Yellowstone National Park.

Gregory said the monument sees between 100-150 people during the holiday open house.

Another event that day is the Walk with a Doc program.

According to a prepared statement from monument officials, “the new winter program series is to support and encourage community health and well-being. Enjoy the natural beauty of monument with doctors from Freeman Hospital. The doctors on the walk will answer your health-related questions and support your wellness goals.”

The walk will begin at noon at the park’s visitor center after a brief informative talk. This 45-minute program is free of charge.

George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver: scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, on Route V, then south 1/2 mile on Carver Road. For more information, call the park at 325-4151.