I arrived in Warrensburg about 2 PM yesterday and was able to do an early check-in for a hotel room. Thus I was more than ready when I was picked up by Amy, the professor from Central Missouri University (CMU) who had brought students from this university to Poland this summer -- and then we all became teammates.
Amy took me first to the CMU campus. We went first to the library which also holds a small museum. In display cases along the hallway I could a peek at the huge collection of objects from Saudi Arabia held here. The museum director explained a couple associated with the university had lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and so collected many things, but most particularly from the Bedouin culture. This couple gave their collection to CMU, taking things out of the country with the permission of the Saudi government/royal family.
The museum is presently displaying a magnificent shell collection also donated to it.
Next Amy took me to the English Language Center where she teaches and then on to the International Center. I was graciously introduced to many of her colleagues.
We then wandered through the Student Union.
Next we looked at outdoor spaces such as the golf courses.
Amy also took me to small city park honoring Blind Boone. This little city park has a sculpture of this famous musician and many other features for persons who have vision problems. A large sculpture of a harp is designed to play music when the wind blows above 15 mph. Another area has flowers with lovely aromas. When we spoke about this visit later in the evening one of the students said her 80 year old neighbor told her this formerly was the park for African-Americans in the days of segregation. It is wonderful that this space has a new legacy.
A visit to Warrenburg is not complete without also learning about "man's best friend."
Soon it was time to go to the restaurant, Heroes, for our get together. All of the students could come on a Thursday night. So glad everything worked out.
We had arrived at 5:30 and the wait staff rather politely hinted that we should leave around 8:00! We walked down the street a little bit and then into a bar and upstairs to an outdoors patio. By this time the temperatures had cooled to just "balmy." We enjoyed another hour of conversation and I enjoyed a taste of Kansas City beer. A wonderful afternoon and evening in Warrensburg -- all because I went to Poland!