At MU event, a look at George Washington Carver

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 8:07 p.m. CST; updated 9:11 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 23, 2012

COLUMBIA — George Washington Carver, who was born in Missouri, is well-known for his scientific studies of the peanut at Tuskegee Institute, but his efforts and accomplishments extend far beyond the realm of tasty seeds.

Director Gary Kremer and MU School of Natural Resources professor Charles Nilon will present a program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the State Historical Society of Missouri's Columbia Research Center. The program is free and open to the public. 

If you go

WHAT: Director Gary Kremer and MU School of Natural Resources professor Charles Nilon will discuss the role of George Washington Carver in the world of science and society. 

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Thursday 

WHERE: State Historical Society of Missouri's Columbia Research Center, 1020 Lowry St.


MORE INFORMATION: State Historical Society of Missouri 

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According to the historical society's news release, Kremer and Nilon plan to present Carver in a way that "moves past a simplistic understanding of Carver as the first African-American scientist who studied the peanut." 

Nilon will discuss Carver's role as an esteemed scientist and focus on Carver's knowledge of conservation. Kremer, author of "George Washington Carver: A Biography," will delve into the understanding of Carver as an exceedingly profound man living in a very complicated society. 

The release describes Carver as a true pioneer who "dedicated his life to science and technology to better the lives of ordinary people." 


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