Women Who Encouraged George Washington Carver
Along Carver’s career journey he was helped by a variety of women. They encouraged his education, passions, and curiosity by seeing beyond the color of his skin. Mrs. Helen Milholland in Winterset and Mrs. Sophia Liston of Indianola took George into their homes and became life-long friends and confidantes.
Perhaps the more influential woman in his life was Simpson College art teacher Etta Budd. Etta Budd recognized his passion for painting and plants, introducing him to her father, a professor at Iowa State in agriculture.
Featured are library resources detailing the life and achievements of George Washington Carver and the women who encouraged him. Many of the artifacts are from the George Washington Carver Collection at Dunn Library.