• Session 3
    June 26, 2016 - July 1, 2016

Sponsored by: Carver Birthplace Association

Join HistoriCorps in Missouri for the preservation of the Neosho Schoolhouse, a little building with a big story. The 1872 schoolhouse is where George Washington Carver started his formal education that led to him becoming a renowned historical figure.

Session Dates:

Session 1: Tuesday, June 14th Sunday, June 19th

* Volunteers should plan to arrive at the campsite after 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 14th to set up camp. Work will begin the morning of Wednesday, June 15th at 8:00am. The project will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 19th.

Session 2: Tuesday, June 21st Sunday, June 26th

* Volunteers should plan to arrive at the project after 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 7th to set up camp. Work will begin the morning of Wednesday, June 8th at 8:00am. The project will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 12th.

Session 3: Sunday, June 26th Friday, July 1st

* Volunteers should plan to arrive at the project after 6:00pm on Sunday, June 26th to set up camp. Work will begin the morning of Monday, June 27th at 8:00am. The project will end at 1:00pm on Friday, July 1st.

 

Drawing of the Neosho School by George Washington Carver as a child.

Drawing of the Neosho School by George Washington Carver as a child.

Scope of Work:

HistoriCorps volunteers will work with field staff to complete tasks including:

  • Remove west elevation non-historic porch and cement patio
  • Remove sidewalk connecting porch to street
  • Remove non-historic lean-to additions
  • Backfill and regrade former sidewalk, front patio, and lean-to additions
  • Remove non-historic aluminum trim and siding
  • Repair deteriorated sill plate on east elevation

History:

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

The Carver Birthplace Association (CBA) is partnering with HistoriCorps to begin the first phase of restoration work on the Neosho Schoolhouse in Missouri. Built in 1872, the Neosho Schoolhouse operated as a school for 20 years before being used as a residence. The schoolhouse is where George Washington Carver began his formal education that led to him becoming a renowned historical figure.What the building represents is the initial foundation of all Carver became as a scientist, inventor and more, said Dr. Luther S. Williams, CBA chairman from Westerville, MO.

The Carver Birthplace Association has raised funds to restore the property to its original condition when it was a schoolhouse from 1872-1890. Luckily, exterior additions added to the schoolhouse when it was a residence have preserved the structures character.

George Washington Carver was a prominent African-American scientist and inventor. Born into slavery in 1864 in Missouri, Carver had a drive to obtain an education. Carvers quest began in 1876 as he walked eight miles from his birthplace and childhood home in Diamond Grove, Missouri, to attend the 1872 Neosho Colored School. Overcoming many obstacles, his dream became reality in 1894 as the first African American to graduate from Iowa Agriculture College (Iowa State University). Over a 47-year career at Tuskegee Institute (Tuskegee University), Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Carver conducted research, taught sustainable agriculture and land conservation, promoted racial cooperation and understanding, and became a symbol of black achievement as he fulfilled his vision to be of the greatest good to the greatest number of my people.

Local Attractions:

  • The city of Neoshos largest annual event, Celebrate Neosho, is planned for June 26. Project participants are invited to attend as guests of honor.
  • Neoshos Chamber of Commerce will send volunteers promotional packets and information about Neosho.

Project Location:

The school building is located at 639 Young Street in Neosho, Missouri.

Accommodations, meals, attire and travel:

  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with a campsite and toilet facilities throughout the project.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • The work day will last from 8:00am 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.