Liberal, the Land of "Oz"


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February 18th 2007
Published: February 18th 2007
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As we were leaving for Liberal the sun was just coming up. I took this photo with a flash and it bounced off the snow falling.
We were invited to Liberal High School to give our program to the Spanish classes. We took this opportunity to visit the Land of Oz Museum and the great Air Museum. Since Edgar wants to be a pilot, I though this would interest him

We met Miressa in Garfield as she was brought there by host Mom, Rotarian Anita Graves.

It was a long two and a half hour drive to Liberal but it was worth it. We had a great tour of the Wizard of Os museum by a tour guide named Gary who was a retired teacher. He had complete factual knowledge of the movie and would even sing some of the songs. They really have something to see and would highly recommend this museum.

After lunch we went to Liberal High School. It looks like it was built yesterday but actually it was built in the 80s. Besides the building we found the Spanish teachers and students were great. I believed they like our presentation. Edgar gave some of his presentation in Spanish and I believe they understood every word. They though Miressa was too young looking to be a teacher and wanted to see
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Anita Graves brought Marissa to Garfield for me to pick up and go to Liberal
her ID. The student body is more than 60% Hispanic. The Spanish class was about 30% Hispanic which accounts a little for how well they understood Spanish. Talking to the teachers I found out that all the students were good in Spanish. The native English-speaking families have determined the importance of being bilingual, especially in SW Kansas.

After Liberal High School we went to the air museum. Had a great time there. It was even more impressive than the first time I saw it several years ago.

We left Liberal for Greensburg to meet Ralph Hight who drove in from the East to meet us and transfer Miressa and Edgar back to Wichita.

What pleasure being around these two people. I agree with the Liberal High School Spanish students who after our presentation about half told me they wanted to go to Panama. For one thing, it never gets below 75 degrees in Panama.


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Miressa and Edgar ready to go down the yellow brick road to Dorothy's house.
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Dorothy's house.
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Toys used by kids of that time.
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Kitchen of that time..
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Clothes washing operation.
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Different scenes from the movie.
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Different scenes from the movie. The top house is the real one used in the movie.


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