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Bulletin #46 – Apr 2012

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Fred Malek To Receive Churchill Centre Leadership Award for 2012

Fred Malek to be honored at Washington, D.C. dinner this month in support of the new Churchill Library and Centre.

The Churchill Centre will present its 2012 Leadership Award to Frederic V. Malek at a gala ceremony and dinner on Monday, April 30 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Award will recognize his forty years of service as an advisor to four United States Presidents and his leadership in both private industry and public philanthropy. Mr. Malek is Co-Chairman and Founding Partner of Thayer Lodging Group and a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the Harvard Business School.

Proceeds of the dinner will support the new National Churchill Library and Center to be established by The Churchill Centre and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Centre’s other educational programs. Dinner Co-Chairs will be Catherine B. Reynolds, Chief Executive of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, Rep. Jane Harman, President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center and Laurence S. Geller CBE, Chairman of The Churchill Centre and President and CEO of Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc. The award will be presented by J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman of Marriott International, Inc. and a past Award recipient.

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Interview with Daughter of Churchill Protege Hassan El Glaoui (Video)

Touria El Glaoui, co-curated the recent exhibition of paintings at Leighton House Museum in London.

ChurchillpaintingChurchill’s painting of Koutoubia MosqueAn exhibit of Churchill’s work alongside that of his protege, Hassan El Glaoui, closed this last month at the Leighton House Museum in London, but you can still get a peek at what was on offer during the exhibit. His daughter Touria, who co-curated the exhibit, did a brief interview with the BBC in February 2012. 

Visit the BBC to view the full video interview.

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Annual Kemper Lecture Given on “Winston Churchill: The Statesmen as Artist” (Video)

Historian Sir David Cannadine gives the 2012 lecture in Fulton, Missouri.

Last month, Sir David gave the Kemper Lecture for 2012 as part of the Annual Churchill Weekend at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The subject of this year’s talk was Winston Churchill: The Statesman as Artist

The Crosby Kemper Lectureship was established in 1979 by a grant from the Crosby Kemper Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri. It is intended to provide for lectures by authorities on British History or Sir Winston Churchill at the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The established Lectureship is held under the auspices of the British Institute of the United States and the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library.

U.S. Ambassador Blogs on Opening of The Library of Parliament Exhibit in Ottawa

Ambassador Jacobson recommends newly opened exhibit as, “A Thrill”.

By David Jacobson, U. S. Ambassador to Canada
David-Jacobson-US-Ambasador-to-CanadaTHE AMBASSADOR’S BLOG, March 29th, 2012—Yesterday I went to the opening of the exhibit in the Library of Parliament celebrating Winston Churchill’s famous “Some chicken!! Some neck!!” speech which he delivered to the Canadian Parliament on December 30, 1941.

It is quite famous in part for its content and in part because Churchill’s speeches in the British House were not filmed. So the Ottawa speech, and one delivered to a joint session of the United States Congress a few days before give a perspective on Churchill’s speaking style that is not available from other sources. It is also famous because right after he delivered the speech, Yousuf Karsh took the iconic photo of Churchill in the Speakers office.

I have read the text of the speech before. And while it is good, to tell you the truth I was never moved.

But when I was watching the video yesterday, I understood why Churchill is Churchill. His voice is commanding. His timing is perfect. He moved the audience like the great orator that he was.

Part of the exhibit is the actual text used by Churchill when he delivered the speech with his hand written addition. It is in Churchill’s usual “blank verse” form which he used for emphasis.

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The Last Lion Roars Again

Columnist Paul Ried, friend of William Manchester, completes final volume of Last Lion trilogy to be published this November.

Manchester in his Wesleyan University office in 1979.THE TIMES OF MALTA, 10 April 2012—The third and final volume of the late William Manchester’s beloved series on Winston Churchill is coming out this autumn, nearly 25 years since the previous book.

In November, Little, Brown and Company will publish The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965.
The new work was started by Manchester and completed by Paul Reid, a former writer for Cox Newspapers.

Manchester, who began the Churchill series in the 1980s, was in poor health during his later years and asked Mr Reid to take over the project.
Little, Brown spokesman Nicole Dewey said that the first two biographies had sold hundreds of thousands of copies and that the publisher still receives frequent inquiries about the third book.

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Enjoy a Glass of Bubbly at Blenheim

Churchill’s favorite: Pol Roger Champagne is now being served at the new Water Terrace Cafe at Blenheim Palace. 

THE OXFORD TIMES, 29 March 2012—Visitors to Blenheim Palace will be able to sip Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne while they relax in a newly-opened bar.

The champagne bar, in the Water Terrace Café, is part of a multi-million pound revamp of catering facilities at the Woodstock stately home.

It opened this month and is offering Churchill’s favourite champagne, Pol Roger, as well as the palace’s own brand.

A bottle of Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 1999 will set you back £140, while a bottle of Blenheim Palace Champagne costs £65.

The bar is being run by the palace’s new caters, Searcys.

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From the Archives of Finest Hour: Winston Churchill Named Honorary US Citizen

On April 9, 1963, US president John F. Kennedy proclaimed Winston Churchill to be the first honorary citizen of the United States.

On the Cover: The presentation of Sir Winston Churchill’s honorary American citizenship at the White House, Washington, April 9th, 1963. Left to right: Acting Secretary of State George Ball, Lady and Ambassador Sir David Ormsby Gore, Winston S. Churchill, the President’s Naval Aide Tazewell Shepard, President Kennedy, Randolph S. Churchill. The photo, by former White House photographer Captain Cecil Stoughton, has been presented to ICS for the Center for Churchill Studies by Captain Stoughton, a Friend of the Society. 

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Art of Sir Winston Churchill at the Trout Museum

Exhibit to open this month at The Trout Museum of Art in Wisconsin.


The Art of Sir Winston Churchill exhibition features works of art (including paintings, photographs, etchings and sculpture) depicting Winston Churchill by artists who captured the likeness of one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Several of these works have never been exhibited in the United States. Also included will be work by Sir Winston and other “pastime painters” who served in World War II. This will be a one-of-a kind exhibition that will allow visitors to fully experience the artistic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

Opening reception to be held on Friday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The public is welcome. 

For more information, please visit the museum’s website. For the full exhibition brochuse, please follow this link

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Students have their Finest Hour in Churchill Speaking Competition

Results of the first annual Churchill Public Speaking Competition.

By Fran Bardsley

THE OXFORD MAIL, 18 March 2012—ONE of recent history’s most iconic figures was the subject for an inter-school public speaking competition.
Azfa Ali and Esme Partridge with head Sue Croft
Pupils from six schools across Oxfordshire swotted up on the former prime minister Winston Churchill before going before a panel of judges at Blenheim Palace to talk about the great leader, who was born at the palace and is buried in nearby Bladon.

And despite tough competition from independent schools renowned for their work in public speaking, it was three Cowley schoolgirls from Oxford Spires Academy who took home the prize, at the inaugural Churchill Public Speaking Competition.

In preparation for the event, which took place on Tuesday, Esme Partridge, 14, Azfa Ali, 17 and Siobhan McCluskey, 17, spent hours poring over materials at the library at Blenheim Palace.

They were allowed to examine and handle original Churchill documents of the kind usually kept behind lock and key. The second theme for their speech was the power of words.

Headteacher Sue Croft said: “They had overwhelming applause when they had completed a beautiful speech.

“Esme is only 14 and was competing against sixth formers in independent schools. They really stepped up to the mark.”

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New Hillsdale College Graduate School To Highlight Churchill’s Political Thought

Prof. Will Morrissey to Teach Class on Churchill and de Gaulle.

Hillsdale College, a 168-year old liberal arts college in Hillsdale, MI which has long celebrated and studied the life of Winston Churchill, will inaugurate its first graduate program this coming fall. The new Hillsdale College Graduate School of Statesmanship will include five doctoral and ten master’s students and a waiting list has already formed for future classes.
Hillsdale College
The new School’s faculty will include Hillsdale President Larry Arnn, a former research assistant to Churchill’s official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert, and Professors of Politics Mickey Craig, Robert Eden, Thomas West and Will Morrissey. Professor of History Paul Rahe, a longtime supporter of The Churchill Centre and contributor to Finest Hour, will also participate in the program.

Professor Morrissey will teach Studies in Statesmanship, initially offering a course on the comparative political thought of Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.

Hillsdale President Larry Arnn commented: “It gives me particular pleasure, as a long time student of Churchill and having had the great privilege of assisting Sir Martin Gilbert on the official biography, not only that Hillsdale is able to inaugurate this new School but that a course focusing on Churchill will be part of the initial curriculum. Undergraduate students at Hillsdale have long been exposed to Churchill’s thoughts and ideas and gather regularly at “the Churchill”, our life-size sculpture of the Prime Minister at his stand up writing desk, created by Hillsdale alumna Heather Tritchka and located in the Student Center. Now the same experience will be available at the graduate level.”

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Rare Video of Winston Churchill Goes on Display in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Film of the party Sir Winston threw in 1953 for the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II.

By Tom Jennings

THE OXFORD MAIL, 15 March 2012—A RARE film of a party thrown by Sir Winston Churchill for the country’s newly crowned Queen has gone on display in Woodstock.
Sir Winston Churchill at a party for Commonwealth leaders at Blenheim Palace
The footage shows the then Prime Minister and guests, including Queen Salote of Tonga and Princess Margaret, arriving at Blenheim Palace.

The dignitaries were in the country for the annual Commonwealth leaders’ conference in Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation year, 1953.

It was shot by former Woodstock mayor Dr Henry Tothill and, along with six of his other films from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, has gone on display at the Oxfordshire Museum.

The exhibition features footage of the foundation stone at Marlborough School being laid in 1939, Woodstock Branch Railway closing in 1954 and the Queen’s visit to Woodstock in 1956.

Exhibition coordinator and historian John Banbury said it was the first time the public had been able to see some of the films.

He said: “We decided people ought to see these films before families forget what people did in those times.

“People will recognise their own relatives and be able to tell their children or grandchildren about it.

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Book Review: “Our Supreme Task”

New book released analyzes the impact of one of Winston Churchill’s most famous speeches.

By Joseph C. Goulden

By Philip White
Public Affairs, $26.99, 304 pages

THE WASHINGTON TIMES, Wednesday, March 14, 2012—In May 1946, Winston Churchill, the wartime prime minister of Great Britain, voted out of office a year earlier, delivered a speech at a relatively obscure Midwestern college that exploded across the world like a thunderclap. His subject was Soviet expansionism, which had imposed communist dictatorships over much of Eastern Europe.

Never a man to mince words, especially when he was correct, Churchill intoned, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” Thus, for the first time, a Western leader had the fortitude to say what was obvious to anyone who watched the Soviet Union under the iron rule of Joseph Stalin.

Churchill’s forum for the speech was Westminster College in out-of-the-way Fulton, Mo., which boasted an enrollment of about 300 students, all male. In Cold War history, the Westminster speech is cited frequently as a seminal moment in the skein of events that dominated the world for the next half-century. From time to time, I wondered, “Why Westminster? Was it simply because President Truman hailed from Missouri?”

The story is far more complex, and it is related entertainingly by Philip White in a first book that marks him as a historian to be watched. Mr. White’s central character is Franc Lewis “Bullet” McCluer, who had become president of the college in 1933, at age 37. (McCluer acquired his lifelong nickname after his Westminster team beat the University of Texas in a debating match. An awed Texan said of his vanquisher, “He shoots out words like bullets!”

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New Pathé News Archive Is Treasure Trove of Churchill Film

Archive features WSC as one of the great figures of the last century. 

Pathé News, one of the world’s oldest and largest repositories of vintage news footage, recently unveiled a new online archive featuring 3,500 hours of video content. (That is, almost half a year of viewing, 24 hours a day!) As one of the 20th century’s most widely reported figures, Winston Churchill is featured prominently.

A search of the website brings up hundreds of fascinating Churchill items, including studio speeches, political appearances and wartime tours. Samples include:

  • Winston Churchill Attends Army Maneuvers (1927)
  • Churchill in the Middle East (1943)
  • Churchill’s Election Statement (1945)
  • Churchill on Top of the Empire State Building as Guest of Al Smith (1932)
  • Randolph Churchill’s Wedding (1939)
  • Churchill in Ottawa (1941)
  • Churchill, Stalin, Eden & Molotov in Moscow (1944)

One of the earliest items, dated 1924, is headlined “Winston Loses by 45 Votes”. The films can be viewed online at no charge and saveable downloads can be purchased. Still photos are included and each film is accompanied by notes identifying the date, place and featured personalities.

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Chartwell Branch News – April 2012

Golf Club’s 1940 Wartime Rules

A bit of humour from the history books. 


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