Carver and Wallace to Be Featured at Lecture

Public invited to Des Moines Library April 17 to learn about the George Washington Carver and Henry A. Wallace connection.

Thomas Phillips will discuss George Washington Carver's impact as a mentor on Henry A. Wallace during his lecture "Carver and Henry A. Wallace" on Thursday, April 17, 6:30 pm at the Des Moines Central Library meeting rooms. The event is free and open to the public.

As a young boy, Wallace spent hours examining plants with college student Carver as they roamed the Iowa State University campus and the countryside around Ames, Iowa. Carver continued to influence Wallace as Wallace founded Pioneer Hi-Bred seed corn company and when Wallace became U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Vice President and U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The lecture is sponsored by the Wallace House Foundation in collaboration with the African American Museum of Iowa and the Des Moines Public Library. Thomas Phillips is the retired community investment director for Pioneer Hi-Bred.

Carver was big influence on H.A. Wallace

According to Ann Taylor, marketing director for the Wallace House Foundation in Des Moines, this April 17 event at the Des Moines Central Library is a part of the African American Museum of Iowa's year-long project, "Iowa Roots, Global Impact: The Life and Legacy of George Washington Carver." This project includes a major exhibition at the African American Museum of Iowa, traveling exhibits, programs and more. Project sponsors include the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the State Historical Society of Iowa, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, General Mills, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Pioneer Hi-Bred and others.

The Wallace House Foundation is a neutral, nonpartisan facilitator of citizen dialogue to build community and help resolve issues. Started in 1988 to restore the home of "Uncle Henry" Wallace at 16th and Center Streets in the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood, the Wallace House Foundation also serves as a museum about the influential Wallace family.

Wallace family members founded Wallaces Farmer magazine, seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred International and a poultry breeding company, Hy-Line International. Henry A. Wallace served the nation as U.S. vice president, secretary of commerce and secretary of agriculture.

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