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Bulletin #105 – Mar 2017

Lincoln Laughs at Churchill

News From the National Churchill Library and Center: Oxford Professor Speaks about “Lincoln’s Sense of Humor”

Professor Richard Carwardine, former President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University visited Washington, D. C. on February 6th to speak at the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) about the sixteenth president’s justly famous sense of humor. Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill are both known as much for their wit as their wisdom and the supreme ordeals through which they successfully led their countries. To watch the complete lecture, please CLICK HERE.

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Leading Churchill Myths: Chartwell

Chartwell “Manor”

In the latest issue of Finest Hour, STEFAN BUCKZACKI examines a common misconception about Chartwell. 

A trap that people often fall into is to refer to Winston Churchill’s beloved country estate in Kent as “Chartwell Manor.” Even Mary Soames in her wonderful memoir A Daughter’s Tale made this error. It is true the house was informally, but only ever informally, called Chartwell Manor around the time Mary was born and her father bought the estate in 1922—simply because it was a big and imposing residence. But it was not then and never had been a manor house, and it is quite incorrect and careless to use this as its proper name. Churchill himself never appears to have referred to his house as a manor and simply used “Chartwell” on his stationery. Most of all the National Trust, as the present owner, does not use the term manor because it is legally wrong.

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Churchill Collectables: Big Three Victory Banner

This cloth banner measures 2 feet by 3 feet and features the “Big Three,” Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. It was made by the New Era Company of Wembley for use in the VE Day celebrations beginning 8 May 1945. Interestingly, several manufacturers reacted quickly upon hearing of the German unconditional surrender and were able to produce rapidly badges, posters, and banners such as these in time for use in the celebration.

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The Churchill Quiz—Spring Edition

Test Your Knowledge of Churchill

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 SPRING edition of the quiz, please click here: Churchill Quiz.

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Lord Owen to Speak at Churchill 2017

Former British Foreign Secretary among Headliners for Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference at the J. W. Marriott Essex House, New York City, Oct. 10–12

Former British Foreign Secretary David Owen (Baron Owen of the City of Plymouth and author of the recently published Cabinet’s Finest Hour: The Hidden Agenda of May 1940) will bring his considerable diplomatic experience to the proceedings as he analyzes Churchill’s role in global affairs. The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that early registration is now open for the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12. Follow this link to register today.

Lord Owen will also be speaking about his new book at the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington, D. C. at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 26. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

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