“George Washington Carver: Local Influences” Program Open to All
The annual meeting of the Madison County Historical Society will start with a program titled “George Washington Carver: Local Influences”. It will include a video produced by the National Park Service’s George Washington Carver National Landmark in Diamond, Missouri for an overview of Carver’s life and accomplishments. Then Director Jared McDonald will follow with his visual presentation of locations and people who Carver encountered in Winterset and Madison County. The program is free and open to the public.
Much has been written about George Washington Carver. His life was one of discovery, science, art, and service to his fellow man. He’s most often associated with his over 300 uses of the peanut that helped diversify farming in the South. He taught over 40 years at Tuskegee University in Alabama and also carried his message beyond the college walls with brochures, traveling exhibits, and lectures throughout the world. But he was also a deeply religious humanitarian who felt his earthly mission from God was to serve the fellow members of his race.
Carver’s time in Winterset, about two years while he was in his mid-twenties, is often only a paragraph to a page or two in the many books written about his life. But local research from his letters to Madison County acquaintances, historic maps, and local newspapers at that time have made the facts come together in a more cohesive story of his years here.
The public is invited to the 1:00 presentation. There is no charge and doors will open at 12:30 pm.
Following the program and refreshments, Society members will conduct their annual business meeting. Memberships to the Madison County Historical Society may be purchased at the event.
From its humble beginning in 1904, the Madison County Historical Society has developed into a complex which includes 14 buildings located on 18 picturesque acres on the south edge of Winterset, Iowa.
The crown jewel of the complex is the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House constructed by C.D. “Doc” Bevington. This property was a gift of June Kaser and Margaret Guye. It has been restored and furnished in Victorian richness.
Our collections include rocks, fossils, Native American Artifacts, Civil War and military items, quilts, glassware, local business memorabilia, household and domestic items, early farm machinery and technology, tools and barbed wire, and a research library. Visitors can take their time exploring our grounds, structures and exhibits, or reserve a space here for a special event or gathering with built-in opportunities for entertainment and beautiful photos.
Represented in this complex is a lasting record of a way of life of the people of Madison County, Iowa preserved for all to see, treasure and enjoy. We welcome all people interested in exploring the past through the lens of local history.
Please visit and come back often to experience History on the Hill.