By Mark Polaski
Missouri, The Show-Me State was part of the Louisiana Purchase and was first known as the Missouri Territory. The state is the intersection of three great rivers: the Missouri, the Mississippi, and the Ohio. Missouri is also known as the “Gateway to the West” as it was a major departure point for explorers.
St. Louis is located on the eastern border of Missouri. Here you will find the Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center. The Knight Center offers special amenities such as a pub, business center, fitness center, open courtyard, and fine dining. Staff includes conference planners, concierge, and an A/V support team to assist you. The Knight Center is ideal for more intimate events.
St. Louis is also the home to The Eric P. Newman Education Center at Washington University Medical Center. The center boasts state-of-art technology and is beautifully decorated. Access is made easy with the nearby light rail stop.
Both of these venues are located close to Forest Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden as well as the iconic Gateway Arch.
Heading north into Kirksville and Thousand Hills State Park, Truman State University is tucked away in this quiet and remote region. Kirksville is the shopping, education, hunting, and fishing center of Northeast Missouri, near three state conservation areas. Truman State University has the distinction of being Missouri's only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university.
Westward and near the Kansas State border is the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The University of Central Missouri's park-like campus spans 1,500 picturesque acres. Located just 45 minutes from suburban Kansas City, Warrensburg offers a safe, friendly small-town environment. The University offers suite-style residence hall housing, gymnasium space and meeting rooms, perfect for summer camps and conferences for up to 3,000 participants.
Due south of Warrensburg is Springfield, home to Missouri State University. The Student Union was designed for conferences with flexible large spaces and convenient break-out rooms. This compact campus keeps large events together and is located near youth-and family-friendly attractions including an ice park, baseball fields, a wildlife museum and art museum. Take a stroll through Springfield’s Park Central Square where Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt had their infamous “quick draw” duel.
In the southwest corner of Missouri is Eagle Rock. The Eagle Rock Retreat Center is Midwest Christian Retreats' Ozark Mountain Region Retreat Center. Eagle Rock features year round motel & dorm style accommodations and basic fare. Eagle Rock Retreat Center exists to serve by providing facilities and guest services in a manner that exceeds expectations and exemplifies Christ's love. Make this your Christian retreat.
Unique Venues offers these values for your summer event and conference planning.