“Churchill in the News” is the theme and Churchill in Academia is the setting of this unique 27th International Churchill Conference. The Churchill Centre has partnered with both the College of Charleston (CofC) and the University of South Carolina (USC) for venue and content, emphasizing the importance of Churchill in education.
The sessions, including coffee breaks and lunch, are at the College of Charleston’s Stern Center, 4th floor ballroom, a two and one-half block walk from the hotel through the middle of the campus. Both students and professors will be guests of The Churchill Centre. School will be in session on Friday. Receptions and dinners are in the hotel.
“Churchill in the News” will feature never-before-seen Churchill newsreel outtakes from the Moving Images Research Collection at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, (USC/MIRC) which has miles of newsreels from around the world in their archives. The earliest is 1923 showing Clementine and Winston Churchill viewing the Trooping of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Most of the footage is silent, or ‘historic’ as it is unedited.
The Conference gift for each couple or single registrant will be a limited edition DVD compiled from newsreels including an introduction by Chris Matthews, and featuring Lady Soames talking about when, on the newsreels as Mary Churchill, Subaltern, she visited Ft Oglethorpe, GA, on September 1, 1943, christened a bomber with Coca Cola in May 1944, and others. This DVD will never be for sale and only available for conference registrants. Educational cuts will be made for classroom use. Those registering from the UK may request theirs in PAL format.
The Benefactor’s gift will be an E-Reader with at least one Churchill book downloaded on it. The selection of reader will be later to insure the latest technology. Benefactors are those who register at the $1,250 Chartwell level.
On Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 9:00am, returning by 4:00pm, is an optional preconference coach tour to Bernard Baruch’s Hobcaw Barony where Churchill visited in January 1932, led by Lee Brockington, author of Plantation Between the Waters, a brief history of Hobcaw. Included is a Low Country Boil at noon. Churchill and Baruch were great friends. Baruch arranged for the private railroad car Churchill, his brother Jack, nephew John, and son Randolph used for their travel across the United States in 1929.
The First-timers and Welcome Receptions are Thursday evening. Dinner on your own is an opportunity to dine in one of Charleston’s great restaurants.
Friday, March 25 sessions include Churchill and South Carolina with speakers on Bernard Baruch and James Byrnes. Paul Reid will discuss Defender of the Realm, the third in the Manchester Trilogy. Greg Wilsbacher, Curator, Newsfilm Collections, USC/MIRC, will discuss the filming and making of newsreels during WWII, including Churchill footage, and the ordeal of battlefield filming, and the ‘code’ for what could and could not be shown to the families back home, i.e. the patriotism and glory of the war as seen in the newsreels. USC will have a display of WWII movie cameras, and from their library, a portion of their collection of Churchill papers and related items. John Monk, Journalist, The State, Columbia, SC, will speak on “Newsworthy” or what determines what you read in the papers and see on TV today.
In the afternooon, Chris Matthews will host a “Hardball” discussion panel.
Lynne Olson, Citizens of London and Troublesome Young Men, will speak on “WWII Reports from London” at Friday’s optional reception and dinner.
Saturday, March 26, Allen Packwood, Director, Churchill Archives, Churchill College, will present “Making the News: How young Winston Churchill used the media to make his name”, Warren F. Kimball, TCC Academic Advisor and author of Forged in War , Roosevelt, Churchill and the Second World War, will talk about “FDR, WSC and Uncle Joe: How They Used the Press”. Andrew Roberts, The Storm of War, Masters and Commanders, and Eminent Churchillians, has selected “The State of Churchill’s Reputation” as his topic.
Laurence Geller, President, The Churchill Centre, will close the conference with “Churchill is still Newsworthy”
Chris Ryland’s new DVD done in triptich style taken from newsreels of Churchill’s funeral including the Havengore going up the Thames, and USC/MIRC’s never-before-seen silent D-Day footage from the USC/MIRC archives of the Canadian and English landings in Normandy will be shown between sessions.
Saturday’s optional Black-Tie Gala reception and dinner will feature the honorable Celia Sandys.
Sunday, March 27, optional tours of Charleston and an all-day plantation tour with lunch will be available.
Film Screening. “Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny”, a documentary film narrated by Ben Kingsley and produced by Moriah Films in association with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, will be aired during the conference. The film, which has been shown in theatres in London, New York, and Los Angeles, examines why Winston Churchill’s legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats. Click here to watch the trailer. Time and location still to be determined.
The Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, has been selected as conference headquarters. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, it opened in 1924 and is named for Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox” of the American Revolution. It is downtown on Historic Square and adjacent to the C of C campus. Rooms are $209, single or double, plus $1.00/day ‘destination fee’, and 12.5% tax. For reservations call 1-843-722-0600 or 1-877-756-2121. The group code is “Churchill”. Reservations must be made prior to February 21, 2011, to secure the group rate. For online booking: follow this link, enter arrival and departure dates and click “Check Availability”; on top of next screen click “Group Block”; scroll down, reconfirm dates, enter group code and click “next”; the room types and rates will display for the group; click “continue” to confirm reservation. NOTE: The online group code may not be accepted if the requested reservation contains nights outside the contracted group dates. Please call 1-877-756-2121 for personal assistance.
Registration will open Thursday morning, 9:00AM on the mezzanine level of the hotel lobby. Attire is business or business casual; Friday evening is business or dressy; Saturday evening is black-tie or dark business suit with small medals. Basic registration includes Thursday’s reception and all sessions including lunch at the College of Charleston. The Hobcaw Barony tour, and Friday and Saturday dinners, and Sunday tours are optional.
Craig Horn and Ken Childs are Co-Chairmen; Judy Kambestad is conference Manager. Registration is now open!