The annual Prairie Day celebration of 19th century life in the Ozarks will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the George Washington Carver National Monument near Diamond.
Visitors will be able to take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the prairie, settle in for live music, walk the trail and try many interactive stations displaying lifestyles activities of the period. Across the grounds, visitors will find a quilting bee, edible and medicinal plants, food preservation, Civil War field medicine, banjo making, basket weaving and prairie ecology.
At the 1881 Moses Carver house, there will be candle dipping, blacksmithing, wool spinning, Dutch-oven cooking, lye soap-making and laundry, rag rugs, butter making, weaving and a musicians jam session.
Under the music tent, Judy Domeny Bowen will perform traditional Ozark folk music. Hawthorne, Ripplin' Creek and the Holmes Brigade Minstrels are also scheduled.
In the visitors center, Dee Ban will present the programs "The Civil War and Slavery" and "Songs of the Slaves," accompanied by the autoharp. Panhandle Slim will share African American history in song and the Ozark Wilderness Dulcimer Club will be on hand all day.
A special Junior Ranger badge is available for children. A concession stand will be offered by the Carver Birthplace Association.
Prairie Day celebrates the birthplace of scientist and educator George Washington Carver by celebrating his childhood environment through storytelling, music, living history and interactive exhibits. The monument is located two miles west of diamond on Highway V, then a quarter mile south on Carver Road. For more information, call 417-325-4151.