George Washington Carver National Monument

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A Storytelling Festival will be held tonight (8/25) from 6 to 8 and tomorrow (8/26) from 11 to 3 at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO. 

Entrance fees will be waived today (8/25) at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and other national parks to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the National Park Service’s founding. 

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George Washington National Monument will host a Storytelling Festival tonight (8/26) from 6 to 8 and tomorrow (8/27) from 11 to 3.  Emmy Award-winning storyteller, Bobby Norfolk, will share stories about York from the Lewis and Clark expedition, Loretta Washington will share Missouri African American folktales and traditional stories, Al Bostick will tell stories about the Buffalo Soldiers and Marideth Sisco will share Ozark folktales and stories.  To learn more, nps.gov/gwca.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Randall Becker, supervisory p

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Along a shallow creek in the woods of rural southwest Missouri sits a bronze statue resting atop a large limestone rock. It’s of a young boy, who sits upright, shirtless, with his right hand resting upon his knee, his left supporting a small plant.   

The nine-foot high sculpture pays homage to George Washington Carver, who was born a slave on this land, the Moses and Susan Carver farm, in 1864.

“He’s often seen in kind of this one-dimensional way as the wise and affable peanut guy and his 300 uses of the peanut. The real Carver is much more multi-dimensional.”

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Michele Skalicky talks with park ranger Curtis Gregory about Carver Day tomorrow (7/11) at George Washington Carver National Monument.

The Movies at Founders Park Series continues tonight (7/10) with “Despicable Me” and tomorrow night’s movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at dusk at Founders Park on Water St. in downtown Springfield.  Admission is free with advance tickets, available at the Chesterfield, Doling and Dan Kinney Family Centers, at the Busch Municipal Building and at Mediacom Ice Park.  Take blankets or lawn chairs.