Thursday, December 2, 2010

THE Trip, A Revisit to George Washington Carver National Monument

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Since we found the Carver National Monument so late in the day, we decided to go back and visit the museum.  Wandered around for a couple of hours.  Nice collection, interesting displays, we were very happy that we did a return visit.
Since Man's mother did such beautiful crochet work, and since I can crochet, but, just so so, I really appreciate seeing work by others.  Did you know that George Washington Carver crocheted?  Well, neither did I and would you look at the quality?  Oh, and he used bits and lengths of string he could or would not throw away to do this work.
Doilys, again by George Washington Carver, from scraps of string.
Braided mat, made from cotton stalk fiber:

I’ll leave you with one of George Washington Carver’s recipes, had to pick this one, since I have an addiction to peanut butter.

"Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Roast the desired number of peanuts; rub the thin hull off the nuts; grind or rub in a mortar until quite smooth and oily; salt to taste, and spread a thin layer between crackers, lunch biscuits, rolls, or bread of that character. If the butter is not as thin as you wish, add a little fresh cow’s butter, a little milk or water and rub well. This butter will not keep as well as when the milk or butter is left out."

From the Bulletin No 31, June 1925, How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption by George Washington Carver, M.S. in Agr. Director, experimental Station, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama.



Michelle Goodrum said...

I would not have thought it possible to crochet something out of scraps of string, let alone items as beautiful as these! But then I don't crochet either...

Nolichucky Roots said...

LOVE the photos! More memories. Thanks, Carol.

LindaRe said...

Surprised to know he crocheted, learned something.