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Bulletin #102 – Dec 2016

A free journal published monthly by The International Churchill SocietyEditor: David Freeman, Ph.D.  Contact the Editor via e-mail here.

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Churchill and the Duke

Churchillians celebrate Sir Winston’s Birthday on
John Wayne’s Wild Goose with Duke’s daughter

Aissa Wayne SoCal ChurchilliansAissa Wayne speaks of her father’s admiration for Churchill

Members of the International Churchill Society from up and down the west coast of North America gathered in Newport Beach, California to celebrate Sir Winston Churchill’s 142nd birthday with a lunch cruise onboard the Wild Goose, once the private yacht of screen legend John Wayne. Guest of honor Aissa Wayne told the audience that her father regarded Churchill as one of his two great heroes, the other being director John Ford, who propelled the Duke’s film career into stardom.

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Autumn in New York

Save the Date! The 34th International Churchill Conference
will be 10–12 October in New York City’s famous Essex House

Essex House

The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that its 2017 conference will take place from 10 through 12 October in New York City. The venue will be the famous JW Marriott Essex House. Although the Society has met multiple times in London, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver, this will be the first time that the international conference takes place in the Big Apple. Event details and registration will be announced in the Churchill Bulletin next spring. Read More >

“The Crown” Rules

Netflix Series Features John Lithgow as Winston Churchill

John-Lithgow-as-Winston-ChurchillJohn Lithgow as Winston Churchill in The Crown.

The words exchanged at the weekly audience between the British monarch and her prime minister are meant to remain private in perpetuity. It is all part of the mystique and majesty that make the British monarchy probably the best-known but least understood institution in the world.

Very occasionally the royal door is opened a little—Tony Blair was once indiscreet about an exchange he had had with Queen Elizabeth II on the subject of Princess Diana’s funeral. A predecessor described the Queen during these encounters at Buckingham Palace as “friendly” but certainly not a friend. Historians remind us that as a constitutional monarch the Queen has only three rights—to be consulted, to encourage and to warn—and it is likely that she exercises all of them, particularly in these troubled times.

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Child of the Commons

New Winter Exhibition Opens at Chartwell

Chartwell in winterChartwell in winter
The staff at Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved country home in Kent, have launched a new winter exhibition, Child of the Commons, full of discovery as well as items that have never before been on public display. Running to 19 February 2017, the exhibition focuses on Churchill’s extraordinary political career. It features over fifty objects, from personal family mementoes to commemorative gifts that tell the stories of Churchill’s time in politics and why, in his own words, he would spend his life as a “Child of the commons.” Read More >


Churchill Collectables: Russian Cigarette Case

Russian cigarette case

Not all wartime Churchilliana was produced within the British Empire. This rare silver cigarette case was made in Russia. While the engraved images of the Big Three are nicely done, note the crude Cyrillic spellings of their names. Measuring 6 x 3, the case’s hinged lid opens to the left, revealing an inside compartment for storing a dozen cigarettes. The back of the case features the flags of the US, UK, and Russia. The piece was made between 1943 and 1945. Read More >

The Churchill Quiz—Winter Edition

Test Your Knowledge of Churchill

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The popular Churchill Quiz is published exclusively online. Find out if you know as much about Sir Winston Churchill as you think you do and learn something new in the process. Each new edition of the quarterly feature is uploaded to the International Churchill Society website. The latest installment is now available. To view the WINTER edition of the quiz, please CLICK HERE.

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The Secretary Speaks

Text of Keynote Speech by former Secretary of State James A. Baker
to 33rd Churchill Conference in Washington, D.C., October 28, 2016

Baker at StateEddie Arrossi Photography

Secretary Baker was introduced by ICS Board of Advisers member Chris Matthews. He spoke in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the State Department on Friday, 28 October 2016, just four days before the Presidential election:

Ladies and gentlemen it is a privilege and an honor to speak tonight at the Winston Churchill State Department dinner. I suspect that most everyone in this room believes like I do that Churchill provided a brand of leadership that could serve as a model for us today: decisive, strong and unwavering. Of course, it is also very nice to be in front of an audience that wants to hear about something other than the Presidential election. At least, I hope that you’re here to listen to me speak about Sir Winston Churchill because when it comes to the 2016 election, I’m taking his advice about discretion—or as he once said: “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” And so tonight, I hope to be a master…and not a slave. Read More >

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