Churchill feeding the swans at Chartwell credit: Alamy.com
Churchill’s Pets on Agenda for 2019 Conference in Washington
Historian Piers Brendon, a former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre and author of the acclaimed Churchill’s Bestiary, will speak about Winston Churchill’s well-known affinity for the animal kingdom at the 36th International Churchill Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Georgetown Marriott October 29–31. To register, please CLICK HERE.
The largest amphibious invasion in history had a long gestation. Planning for the successful operation, which took place seventy-five years ago this month, essentially started four years before it was launched. That is the starting point for the latest addition to our Finest Hour Extras feature on the International Churchill Society website.
America’s National Churchill Museum celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in style last month with its annual Fellows Weekend. Located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the museum commemorates the life of Sir Winston Churchill on the site of where he made his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.
Establishes Financial Aid To Research Winston Churchill
The creation of a new fund to support public access to the Churchill Papers and related collections at the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge has been announced by its Director, Allen Packwood.
Churchill wore a gray Homburg for his meeting with President Roosevelt at Casablanca in 1943 (pictured above). The hat thereafter became widely identified with him, but Churchill had been wearing Homburgs at least since 1910. He even wore them while gardening, painting, or bricklaying and would pair the Homburg with his famous siren suits described in last month’s Churchill Bulletin.
This celluloid badge measures two inches in diameter and is a very rare period commemorative of Churchill’s December 1941 visit to the United States. The visit took place just two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into the Second World War. On December 26, 1941, Churchill became the first Prime Minister ever to address a joint session of Congress. His visit was also seen as a follow up to the signing of the Atlantic Charter meeting, which had taken place off the coast of Newfoundland the previous August.
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On this day in 1940, Winston Churchill gave to the House of Commons what many consider to be his most famous speech: "Their Finest Hour". This speech was made following France’s armistice, and espoused British national survival in the face of Nazi tyranny.
This speech can be read in full in Winston Churchill’s "The War Speeches", found in the first volume "Into Battle" (which was published in the U.S. and Canada under the title "Blood, Sweat and Tears"). We have many fine copies of "The War Speeches", including a newly acquired, Churchill-signed copy that can be found on our website by searching "208643".
The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill's death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.
At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.