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George Washington Carver: Inventor, Scientist, Educator

February 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.


Presented in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library


George Washington Carver, one of the best-known scientists of his day, developed hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and mineral clays; promoted home-canning and the addition of natural fertilizers to improve soil fertility; and developed new varieties of cotton and amaryllis. Born a slave on a Missouri farm in 1865, Carver became the first black student and the first black faculty member at what is now Iowa State University, where he led bacterial laboratory work in the Systematic Botany Department. Carver later moved to Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to serve as the school’s director of agriculture, a position he held for 47 years. Join Carver biographer Dr. Gary Kremer for a lively discussion on the history and legacy of one of America’s most important inventors and scientists.

The speaker

Gary R. Kremer, PhD, is the executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Western Historical Manuscript Collection and adjunct professor of history at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Dr. Kremer received his Ph.D. from American University in Washington, DC. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri; Missouri’s Black Heritage, Revised Edition; and George Washington Carver: In His Own Words.

Accessing the Program

This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. Your link to join the program will be included in the confirmation email and on the confirmation screen after you complete your registration.


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The program will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.

Further reading at the Linda Hall Library


February 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Linda Hall Library
Kansas City Public Library



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