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Bulletin #125 – Nov 2018

Kennedy Keynotes Conference Retired Supreme Court Justice Recalls Churchill’s Legacy

Recently retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Anthony M. Kennedy received a standing ovation following his keynote address to the 35th International Churchill Conference in historic Colonial Williamsburg. Speaking to an audience that included several members of the Churchill family, Justice Kennedy compared the constitutions of the United Kingdom and the United States and analyzed Winston Churchill’s contributions to preliminary discussions about the formation the European Union. Read More >

Churchill Triumphs in Williamsburg Colonial Capital Hosts Largest Churchillian Gathering Ever

The 35th International Churchill Conference took place November 9–11 in historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. More than 260 people gathered from around the world to explore and celebrate the life of Sir Winston Churchill and commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that brought an end to the First World War. Members of the Churchill family shared the platform with historians, statesmen, and best-selling authors. There was also a reception at the Governor’s Palace and a candlelight tour of the capitol building. Read More >

2018 London Awards Dinner Lady Williams and Dame Athene Recognized

The United Kingdom branch of the International Churchill Society held its annual awards dinner on November 1 and recognized two very special women. Meeting appropriately at the Churchill Hyatt Regency London, members warmly applauded the presentation of awards to Lady Williams of Elvel and Dame Athene Donald. Also recognized that evening were historian Andrew Roberts and businessman Stephen Rubin. Read More >

Churchill and Shakespeare Folger Exhibition Now Available Online

Last month the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. officially opened “Churchill’s Shakespeare,” a new exhibition exploring the influence of William Shakespeare on the thought, writing, and statesmanship of Winston Churchill. The exhibition is a joint endeavor of the Folger and the International Churchill Society that features documents and artifacts from the Churchill Archives Centre, Chartwell, and the Folger. Much of this material can now be viewed online by those unable to visit the museum. Read More >

The Hour of Deliverance November 11, 1918


In his memoirs of the First World War published as The World Crisis, Winston Churchill vividly recalls the scene he witnessed at the moment the Armistice took effect.

It was a few minutes before the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I stood at the window of my room looking up Northumberland Avenue towards Trafalgar Square, waiting for Big Ben to tell that the War was over. My mind strayed back across the scarring years to the scene and emotions of the night at the Admiralty when I listened for these same chimes in order to give the signal of war against Germany to our Fleets and squadrons across the world. And now all was over! Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Pilot Poster


This extremely rare poster is wartime economy size and was produced in 1942–43. It follows a standard theme of posters of that era by warning that idle chatter could directly affect the war effort. What makes the poster so unique is that Churchill is the referenced pilot and shown at the controls of the plane (whilst smoking a cigar). Churchill was a trained pilot and would often take the controls of the aircraft transporting him to and from conferences or other important meetings. Read More >

Churchill in the Lone Star State New Exhibit in Midland Explores the Legacy

“Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library,” so claimed Winston Churchill. A new exhibition, Winston Churchill: A Legacy of Leadership, featuring nearly 70 items from America’s National Churchill Museum opened Saturday, November 17 at the Midland County Library in Midland, Texas.

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