By Roger Deakin
A second Churchill event was held in Essex, Connecticut on Thursday, October 21. The first event took place on June 8 in Essex, when at Joseph L. Hern, Chairman of the New England Churchillians of Boston, addressed a group of 118 about “Churchill in America, seen through the Boston visit.” The local organizers were supported by the appearance of D. Craig horn from Weddington, NC; the coordinator for the Eastern USA and now President of Churchill Centre, U.S.
The second event was attended by 163 people, who heard an illustrated lecture by Dr. John H. Maurer, Chair of the Strategy and Policy Department at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island on the subject of Churchill and Roosevelt and the outbreak of the Pacific War. Dr. Maurer lecture was enthusiastically received.
Southeast Connecticut lies between New Haven and New London and is approximately halfway between Manhattan, the base of the New York Churchillians, and Boston. Since the residents of Fairfield County tend to gravitate towards New York City, it was felt that there might be enough interest in Southeast Connecticut alone to support the new chapter of the Churchill Centre. These two successful events encouraged this emergent idea.