Randolph Churchill & His Sister Jennie Repard Speak of Their Great-great-grandparents
Randolph ChurchillThe first evening of the 30th International Churchill Conference concluded with a gala dinner in the ballroom of Washington’s Park Hyatt Hotel. The Keynote speakers were Randolph Churchill and his sister Jennie Repard, who shared the microphone to recount the whirlwind romance of their namesake great-great-grandparents. The love story of Sir Winston Churchill’s parents began 140 years ago on the Isle of Wight. The presentation made by the current generation of Churchills premiered in New York City on October 29th as part of the Tina Santi-Flaherty–Winston Churchill Lecture Series in partnership with The Writing Center at Hunter College and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute also at Hunter. Tina herself introduced Randolph and Jennie. To view the complete presentation CLICK HERE.
Tina Santi-Flaherty, a member of The Churchill Centre, was pleased that Randolph and Jennie could re-enact their talk three days later in Washington. During both presentations Jennie wore the decorations of her great-great-grandmother Jennie Jerome while telling the story of the romance as seen by the Jerome family. Randolph related the perspective of the Churchills.
Tina, Randolph and Jennie attended all of the panels at the Washington conference and gave their enthusiastic support to the National Churchill Library project, which will be located on the campus of The George Washington University. The Churchills also met the Eisenhowers, David and Julie, at the Black Tie Gala that wrapped up the conference and which was addressed by Mr. Eisenhower.
Representing two US presidents that knew Winston Churchill (L-R) David Eisenhower, Jennie Repard, Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Randolph Churchill at 30th International Churchill Conference
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