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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.

ICS President Randolph Churchill welcomed everyone to the first evening of the conference after they had been greeted at the Governor’s Palace by a fife and drum corps. The following morning Churchill Archives Director Allen Packwood was introduced by Minnie Churchill and spoke to the topic of his new book How Churchill Waged War. Giles Milton followed appropriately enough with an examination of Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. In the afternoon Sir David Cannadine spoke about Churchill: The Statesman as Artist. The annual gala dinner took place that evening with a keynote address by Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Justice Kennedy was also presented with the Winston S. Churchill Leadership Award, and Ambassador Mitchell Reiss was presented with the 2018 Churchill Statesmanship Award.

On the final morning of the conference, Felix Klos spoke about Churchill’s connections with the antecedents of the European Union, and Andrew Roberts talked about his major new biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny. The conference concluded with a moving ceremony that began precisely at 11am to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice, one hundred years to the day that the First World War Ended.

The 2019 Churchill conference will take place in Washington, D.C., and the 2020 conference in Cambridge, England.


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