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Bulletin #149 — Nov 2020

Conference Breaks Records 2020's "Virtual" Churchill Conference Reaches 62 Nations

The 37th International Churchill Conference took place online October 23rd and 24th. More than 3,000 people registered to attend with each conference session averaging more than 2,000 viewers watching live. All sessions of the conference were recorded and can be viewed on the International Churchill Society’s YouTube channel. Read More >

Churchill Commemorative Box Set

Capturing each of the six seminal decades of Sir Winston Churchill’s life, this prestigious commemorative set of six powerful black and white images is a photographic embodiment of the life of this global iconic figure.

Presented in a beautifully hand-crafted midnight blue case, the images take us from his school years at Harrow through to his days as a war leader and a national hero.

Each image captures the strength of this man as he grew to greatness.

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NCLC Name Change National Churchill Leadership Center

Washington, D.C.—The International Churchill Society (ICS) and the George Washington University (GWU) are pleased to announce that the National Churchill Library and Center has been renamed the National Churchill Leadership Center (NCLC) effective immediately. The official announcement took place during this year’s international conference. NCLC Director Justin Reash and the GWU Dean of Libraries Geneva Henry explained the reasons. Read More >

Mayflower Mischief DNA Evidence Proves Churchill’s Pilgrim Paternity


In my 2014 book about Winston Churchill’s American ancestry, I recounted how modern genealogists have discredited the Churchill family’s assertion that Churchill was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren. Although it had been established that Churchill was directly descended from Arthur Howland, whose older brother John was a Mayflower passenger, no evidence existed at the time I wrote my book to prove that any of Churchill’s direct ancestors were among the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic in 1620. This has now changed. Read More >

Churchill Style The Art of Being Winston Churchill: Siegfried Sassoon


After returning to the Cabinet during the First World War as Minister of Munitions in July 1917, Winston Churchill regularly flew back and forth across the English Channel to France so that he could learn the needs of the army on the Western Front and coordinate production accordingly. For this purpose he was provided with a headquarter at the Château Verchoeq. One evening over dinner at the château, Churchill began reciting from memory several war poems by Siegfried Sassoon, a friend of his secretary, Eddie Marsh. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Battle of Britain Mug


The year 2020 marks the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which was fought from 10 July to 31 October, 1940. On 20 August, Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his famous address before the House of Commons praising and expressing gratitude to “the few.” He spoke at a critical time, since Britain was preparing for a possible German invasion, and Churchill is credited with inspiring the nation and the Commonwealth. Read More >

Paul H. Courtenay RIP Former ICS-UK Chairman and Finest Hour Senior Editor

The International Churchill Society (ICS) is grieved to announce the death of Paul H. Courtenay. Paul was a stalwart of ICS for many years. He served as a Senior Editor of Finest Hour and was a former Chair of ICS-UK. Paul had an encyclopedic knowledge of the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill that he used to assist numerous authors and editors working in that period of history. He died just a week before the 2020 International Churchill Conference, which was dedicated to his memory. Read More >

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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.