“Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library,” so claimed Winston Churchill.
A new exhibition, Winston Churchill: A Legacy of Leadership, featuring nearly 70 items from America’s National Churchill Museum opened Saturday, November 17 at the Midland County Library in Midland, Texas.
The extensive exhibition contains original letters, photographs, documents, paintings, and other items from the National Churchill Museum and private collections.
The exhibition also includes several videos about Churchill produced by the National Churchill Museum.
A highlight is the 50-folio draft of Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” speech, commonly known as the ‘iron curtain’ address, delivered at Westminster College on March 5, 1946. The draft includes Churchill’s last-minute edits dictated to, and handwritten by, his secretary Edith Nina “Jo” Sturdee. All 50 folios are exhibited marking the first full public display of the document outside of the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri.
Also exhibited are letters and documents related to the planning of the speech and a full-size banner replica of the sculpture, Breakthrough, which was created for Westminster College from sections of the Berlin Wall by internationally acclaimed artist and Churchill granddaughter, Edwina Sandys.
Other highlights include a pen used by President Kennedy to sign the resolution declaring Churchill an Honorary American Citizen in April 1963; a top hat signed by Churchill, President Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin at Yalta in 1945; and four original Churchill oil paintings. Also included is a painting by Midland native, President George W. Bush, who credits Churchill for his own passion for painting.
The exhibition is free and marks the first major Churchill exhibition at a public library in the United States. It runs through January 16, 2019.
Winston Churchill: A Legacy of Leadership is organized by America’s National Churchill Museum and made possible with generous support from the Midland County Library Foundation and the FMH Foundation.