On Saturday, October 12th, George Washington Carver National Monument will host its second annual Hispanic Heritage Day. Throughout the event performers and storytellers will share their culture with the public. There will be presentations of traditional dance, customs, games, and foods. This FREE event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This special day is on-going commitment to embrace a wider audience and cultivate cultural awareness. Hispanic Heritage Day is made possible because of the commitment and talents of our volunteers, exhibitors, and partners. 

The talented Chinelos Morelenses Unidos en Arkansas are returning this year. They perform at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. Learn how their beautiful costumes and interpretive dance share the history of the clash of cultures when Europeans arrived in Central and South America. 

A demonstration of Mexican traditional food takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by and sample the tamales! Students with the Crowder College Latino Union will set up a soccer game and provide soccer lessons! A tamale food concession stand will be available with fresh tamales, beans, rice, and horchata. 

Express your artistic side by creating traditional crafts. Worry dolls are meant to take your worries away as you sleep. Make one to tuck under your pillow. Sugar skulls will be available for you to paint in remembrance of ancestors. You may also make paper marigolds and learn how these relate to Hispanic culture. 

The National Park Service celebrates America’s rich Hispanic history and culture with Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. Discover national parks specifically dedicated to sharing Hispanic Heritage.

This “Find Your Park” event invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. Hispanic Heritage Day is co-sponsored by the Carver Birthplace Association and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The park is located at 5646 Carver Road, two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then 1⁄4 mile south on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.