The weather was spectacular – 65 degrees and sunny – for the October 28 Day of the Morgan at Miner Institute. The event was a national celebration of the Morgan horse breed, organized by the American Morgan Horse Association. Dozens of barns around the country opened their doors to the public to inform and educate about Morgan horses.
Our event featured a barn-full of Miner Morgans; a scavenger hunt; crafts for kids and delicious fall refreshments – apple cider, McIntosh apples, cider donuts, and Cabot cheddar cheese! We welcomed more than 100 visitors into our historic horse barn, some of whom were visiting Miner Institute for the first time.
Eileen Barnes of Plattsburgh was visiting with two Egyptian women who are studying at SUNY Plattsburgh this semester from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Cairo. They are taking classes in the communications department at Plattsburgh. Hager and Wesam are from different regions of Egypt but met three years ago and came to Plattsburgh together. They are both media majors, with a translation minor. Their primary language is Arabic, but they are studying English and Spanish translation. Hager and Wesam took countless photographs as everything was so new to them – including the cider and donuts!! They gave two thumbs up for both. They were fascinated to learn about William Miner and Heart’s Delight Farm on a tour through the Heart’s Delight Farm Heritage Exhibit and planned to visit The Alice T Miner Museum on their way back to Plattsburgh. Eileen is a volunteer with the PICL (Partners in Cross Cultural Learning) program at SUNY Plattsburgh. The PICL program creates friendships between international students and volunteers in the community. The goal of the program is to help international students acclimate to Plattsburgh and the community, while providing the volunteers with an opportunity to learn about other cultures. Eileen said that she has met students from around the world since she started volunteering with the program.