Finest Hour 174, Autumn 2016
The National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) officially opened on the campus of The George Washington University in the heart of Washington, D. C. on 29 October 2016. Chairman Laurence Geller of the International Churchill Society joined university president Steven Knapp, National Churchill Museum Chairman Jean-Paul Montupet, and Randolph Churchill for the official ribbon cutting.
“The opening of Churchill’s permanent home in your nation’s capital is truly a thrilling moment,” said Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and now President of the International Churchill Society. “I am more confident than ever that Churchill’s legacy will now be secure in the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
The bright and welcoming space on the ground floor of the university’s Estelle and Marvin Gelman Library will host a variety of programming on leadership through the lens of Winston Churchill. One wall is dominated by three large interactive touchscreens, where visitors can explore Churchill’s youth, his experience in war and conflict, and his political career. There is also a growing collection of books both by and about Churchill as well as his Second World War engagement cards.
The center’s primary focus, however, will be on engaging the world in scholarly discussions about Winston Churchill’s core values and how they apply to the global issues of today—many of which have parallels to the challenges Churchill faced as a leader in the first half of the twentieth century.