Athens Banner-Herald | Loran Smith | September 29, 2012


Fulton, Mo. -- Stopping at the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library on the campus of Westminster College is like finding an oasis in the desert.

While it is a well-known landmark and easy to find -- being just south of Interstate 70, which runs across the state from St. Louis to Kansas City -- its presence is curious, as you would not expect to find such a salient attraction in such a small, out-of-the-way setting.

On a recent Friday afternoon, the Kappa Alpha fraternity house, located just down the street, was the scene of social and musical activity as the weekend approached. College boys were doing the thing college boys do everywhere, reaching the point in the week where academic demands are subordinated to social objectives for a few days. Their energy and routine suggested that party time had come to this private liberal arts campus. Downtown traffic moved at a leisurely pace, and the shops displayed homemade signs focused on attracting students for shopping.

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“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill