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Bulletin #109 – Jul 2017

Lord Dobbs to Speak! House of Cards Author Will Keynote 2017 Churchill Conference in New York City on October 11

Michael Dobbs, statesman and bestselling author, will deliver the keynote speech at 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. Read More >

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See Gary Oldman as Churchill Special Screening of “Darkest Hour” to be held at 34th International Churchill Conference in New York City

Two New Events Added to the Conference Schedule

Guests attending the 2017 Churchill Conference will have the opportunity to attend an early screening of the film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. The film will not be released in theaters until November 22nd, so this will be a special treat. We are still confirming the time and location of the screening, so please keep an eye out for a separate email detailing this exciting development. The conference 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.

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Titan with Many Faces Winston Churchill in British Art


Even in the twenty-first century, Winston Churchill remains a dominant figure in the political realm, a benchmark against which any budding leader of the Conservative Party must first measure up, before hurling into the fray that is the House of Commons. But Churchill also had a sensitive side to his character. He was a keen artist, painting landscapes invested with light and colour, and forming close friendships with other artists, including Walter Sickert and Oscar Nemon. Politics, painting, and sculpture often intersected in Churchill’s life. He took lessons from the Chicago-born artist Hazel Lavery, and had his portrait painted by her husband, the hugely successful Irish artist John Lavery. Painted in 1915, Lavery’s portrait of Churchill (Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin) is one of the artist’s best works. Bleak and uncompromising, it shows a young man, full of ambition but weighed down by the responsibilities he faced as First Lord of the Admiralty—a position from which he resigned in May of that year, as a result of the disastrous Dardanelles campaign. Read More >

Winston is Back! (In the Cabinet)—100 Years Ago

Churchill at the Ministry of Munitions

On July 16, 1917, the Prime Minister [Mr. David Lloyd George] invited me to join the new Government. He proposed to me either the Ministry of Munitions or the newly created Air Ministry, with the proviso that if I chose the latter, he must have till afternoon to make certain personal rearrangements in the Administration. I said at once that I preferred Munitions; and the matter was settled in as many words as I here set down. Read More >

Churchill at National History Day Competition in D. C. Connecticut Student Presents Paper on the Greatest Briton

Winston Churchill was well represented at the 2017 National History Day finals in Washington, D. C. last month in the form of a paper by Dante DiMartino-Hart, who just completed the 8th grade at Mystic Middle School in Connecticut. Dante’s paper, entitled “Winston Churchill Taking a Stand Against Nazi Germany,” won the junior paper division at the state level earning him a trip to present his research in the nation’s capital as well as visit the National Churchill Library and Center. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: WSC Soap Set


Hitler and Mussolini are all washed up and left hanging out to dry in the hands of the Great Man in this set of three soap bars. The set was produced during the war in British Columbia as a novelty. Given the fragile nature of the soap and the fact the bars were intended to be used, this set is deceptively rare and the only one ever seen in my 40+ years of collecting political and historical memorabilia. Read More >

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