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Bulletin #103 – Jan 2017

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 Fellows Weekend at National Churchill Museum
Jon Meacham and Gen. David Petraeus Speak on April 1

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The 2017 Churchill Fellows Weekend at the National Churchill Museum of the United States on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri takes place on Saturday, April 1. Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, will deliver the Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Lecture in the morning, and former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus will speak in conversation format that same afternoon. Read More >

Maiden Speech

Longtime ICS Member Robert Courts Elected to Parliament
Uses Churchill’s Birthday to Make Maiden Speech with Churchillian Humour and References

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Robert Courts, who helped to organize the 2015 Churchill Conference in Oxfordshire and is a frequent contributor to Finest Hour, was chosen to fill the parliamentary seat of former Prime Minister David Cameron in a by-election held last October. Robert lives in Bladon only a stone’s throw from Sir Winston Churchill’s final resting place in St. Martin’s churchyard. As the newly-seated Conservative Member of Parliament for Witney, Robert delivered his maiden speech on 30 November 2016, the 142nd anniversary of Churchill’s birth, and made note of a very personal Churchill connection that crossed party lines as we learn from the following extracts. Read More >

Lights, Camera, Churchill!

Two Films Due in 2017 Keep Churchill’s Story Alive
Brian Cox and Gary Oldman Will Each Play WSC

Winston Churchill is on a role, or, more correctly perhaps, he is THE role. Although he still has a long way to go to catch up with Abraham Lincoln, Churchill has become a continuously popular figure from history to depict in film drama. In 2016 The Crown scored a huge hit for Netflix, with American actor John Lithgow playing Churchill at the end of his active political career. This year Brian Cox and Gary Oldman will both be seen in theatrical releases depicting the wartime prime minister.

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Rare Signed Portrait

Portrait of Churchill Signed by the Subject
Displayed at National Football Museum


One of only two portraits of himself that Winston Churchill ever signed has gone on public display for the first time. It was painted by artist Paul Trevillion in 1955. Born in 1934, Paul was a schoolboy during the Second World War. He told MHM, “My school desk faced a large poster hanging on the school wall; it had the face of Churchill and the words “LET US GO FORWARD TOGETHER”

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Churchill Collectables: Lend Lease Stewpot


This month’s Churchilliana offering is a slight departure from previously pictured items which portray the Great Man. However, its relevance is unquestionable. This American made pottery item measures four inches tall and depicts a taxpayer in a cauldron marked “Lend-Lease.”  This is a pro-American isolationism piece, serving to warn that the taxpayer will be “in the stew” if Lend-Lease becomes law and he has to foot the bill for a foreign war.

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Gen. Petraeus Speaks

Former Commander in Afghanistan and CIA Director is Inaugural Speaker at the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington, D.C.

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The National Churchill Library and Center at The George Washington University hosted its first major event on December 16: an evening with General David Petraeus. Before a capacity audience, General Petraeus engaged in an hour-long discussion with NCLC Director Michael F. Bishop about his conversations with President-Elect Donald Trump; current foreign policy challenges; and the legacy of Winston Churchill. He also took audience questions.

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