Another sunny autumn morning greeted us on Day 3 of our New Harmony trip. This morning we were warmly welcomed at New Harmony School. We met Principal Douglas Mills and also some of the fantastic pupils there. The eighth grade class were even willing to have a picture taken! We were impressed that the pupils knew of the connection between New Harmony and New Lanark and we hope that we can work with the School in future to foster links between the young people of New Harmony and Scotland!
By late morning we were back at the University of Southern Indiana. We had the opportunity to meet with International Programs & Services. They have a very important role at the University in terms of widening horizons for students, by providing support to those wishing to study abroad and also those students from abroad studying at the Campus in Evansville. We also met with many academic staff at a lovely lunch on Campus. Highlights included discussions on research projects; the Americans’ use of the word Scotch for whisky and the stickiest, most delicious dessert!
It was our day to tell everyone about New Lanark. We delivered 2 presentations, one to USI staff in the afternoon and the other to Historic New Harmony staff at a wonderful Reception in the evening. We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with sizeable and appreciative audiences! We hope that everyone learned something of interest and that we didn’t speak too quickly as Scots are known to do!
We spent the rest of the evening in the company of some Robert Owen descendants! We met with Owen and Rose, proprietors of the Design Bank 505 and also Clem and Bish at the Artists Guild. We had a wonderful evening talking about New Harmony and its history, and the worthwhile textile projects Owen and his mother, Docey are involved in. Thanks to all for being so hospitable!