National World War II Museum Hosts Churchillians in New Orleans.
Final Program Set for “Churchill: Fighting & Writing” April 3-5
Conference sessions will begin on Friday, 4 April in the Loews Hotel New Orleans. Lunch in the hotel that day will feature Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archive Centre, moderating a discussion between Capt. Alexander Perkins, great-grandson of Sir Winston, and Con Coughlin, journalist and author of Churchill’s First War, discussing “Afghanistan: 1897 and 2014”. The afternoon will be open for touring the National World War II Museum of the United States, admission to which is included in the conference registration. A museum highlight is the award-winning 4D cinematic experience narrated by Tom Hanks, Beyond All Boundaries.
An optional pre-conference tour of the Museum’s weapons vault is being offered. “Call of Duty” is a unique experience, limited to the first 60 people, to visit the Museum’s vault and to handle weapons used by Allied and German soldiers during the war.
On Saturday the 5th, panels will focus on Churchill’s writing. Celia Sandys, Sir Winston’s granddaughter and mother Capt. Perkins, will discuss “Churchill: The Power of Words”. She will be followed by Cambridge University Professor Peter Clarke, author of Mr. Churchill’s Profession: The Statesman as Author. James W. Muller, Chairman of The Churchill Centre’s Academic Advisors, will lead a round-table discussion about Churchill Memoirs of the Second World War. The conference will culminate with a Gala Dinner in the World War II Museum’s Freedom Pavilion underneath aircraft that flew during the war. Entertainment will be provided by the Victory Belles, who recreate the sound of the Andrews sisters.
Full-time teachers and academics at middle school, high school and college level may register at a reduced price of $100 that includes all conference sessions and luncheons. Arrangements have also been made to provide complimentary registration to all conference sessions and luncheons for up to 50 students (high school and college). Requests for a special student complimentary ticket must be made no later than March 15 by phone (1-888-WSC-1874) or email [email protected].