Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Nigel West for a discussion of his new book, Churchill’s Spy Files, about the wartime prime minister’s relationship with MI5, Britain’s domestic security service.
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center, Room 101 RSVP. No RSVP is required for this event
Opening Remarks, 35th International Churchill Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia
November 10, 2018
Michael F Bishop is the Director of the National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Executive Director of the International Churchill Society.
Thank you, Laurence, for your remarks and your leadership, and thanks to our Vice-Chairman, Jean-Paul Montupet, for all that you do. We have with us this weekend a number of distinguished International Churchill Society board members, and we thank them for their time and generosity.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the 35th International Churchill Conference. It is fitting and proper that we should meet in Colonial Williamsburg–one of the cradles of democracy–a form of government which Churchill did so much to save.
The Folger Library in Washington, D.C. recently opened a new exhibit, ‘Churchill’s Shakespeare.’ The following are the remarks from the opening by International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller CBE.
On behalf of all of us at the ICS, let me thank Folger’s Michael Witmore and Georgianna Ziegler for making this wonderful exhibition and event possible.
It is an honor to share this platform with Mathew Barzun whose passion for education added to his so well performed day job made him amongst the best US Ambassadors to the Court of James in modern times.
I would also like to thank the Churchill Archive’s Centre Director, the astonishingly versatile Allen Packwood not only for his involvement in this exhibition, for his participation, energy, humor and always unfettered passion and enthusiasm for all things Churchill.
Westminster College President Fletcher Lamkin and Senior Churchill Fellow Philip Boeckman, both Board Members of the International Churchill Society, cordially invite you to:
“Prime Ministers and Presidents: Fulton’s Westminster College, Churchill’s Legacy, and Leadership in Today’s World”
Chris Weil, a Westminster College alumnus and CEO of global marketing agency Momentum Worldwide, strives to prove that smart co-creation is what best drives innovation and growth. It’s an ambition that has characterized his leadership of Momentum and powered its award-winning collaborative creativity, double-digit year-over-year growth and evolution into a global ideas powerhouse with offices in 50+ countries.
This year’s conference theme is Churchill: Masters of our Fate.
The month of the conference coincides with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Churchill’s involvement in the Cold War (he famously coined the term “Iron Curtain” in 1946) will be explored by leading scholars.
The opening night reception will take place at Anderson House, the historic headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, on Tuesday, October 29. Winston Churchill visited Anderson House during a trip to Washington, D.C. on January 16, 1952.
Following the conclusion of the conference on October 31 at noon, there will be a screening of Churchill and the Movie Mogul, a brilliant new documentary by filmmaker John Fleet about Winston Churchill’s relationship with Alexander Korda, the primary founder of the British film industry. Fleet, who wrote about this subject in Finest Hour 179, will speak directly after the screening.
The conference will get underway with a reception on Friday, November 9th at 6 PM and conclude Sunday, November 11th at 12 noon. The final day of the conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought to an end the First World War.
The keynote for our thirty-fifth international conference will be by Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (ret.), Supreme Court of the United States.
This year’s speakers will include Emma Soames, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Edward Lengel, Daniel Todman, John Bew, Mitchell Reiss, Brough Scott and Felix Klos.
During the conference, historian Andrew Roberts will speak about his major new Churchill biography Walking with Destiny, which will be published in the autumn of 2018.
Winston Churchill greets Stanley Matthews before an international match during the Second World War
Finest Hour 180, Spring 2018
By Paul Trevillion
Paul Trevillion is Artist in Residence at the National Football Museum in Manchester, England.
In 1994 the United States hosted the World Cup, and I was the artist on Umbro’s Soccerblast: Legends of Soccer Tour. I worked alongside American soccer superstar Michelle Akers-Stahl; Sir Stanley Matthews, who was England’s wizard of the dribble; England’s 1966 World Cup goalkeeper hero Gordon Banks; and Brazilian legend Roberto Rivelino.
It was my role standing pitch side to draw the goals as they flew in so that the fans could see my images on the big screen high above the field of play.
Michelle Akers-Stahl and Roberto Rivelino hammered the ball into the back of the opposition net again and again, much to the approval of the roaring fans. Even Sir Stanley Matthews, then nearly eighty, raised laughs from the crowd when, with a shoulder feint or body swerve, he left a defender on the seat of his pants.
When the games were over, I had an opportunity to talk to the soccer superstars. On one occasion, I asked Sir Stanley what Winston Churchill had said when he greeted players before matches during the wartime England internationals. These moments were recorded by the newsreels and shown in cinemas. The Prime Minister stopped as he walked down the line of the England team to shake hands and speak with each player.
His Excellency Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States
Israeli Ambassador to Give Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Lecture at Fellows Weekend
The Association of Churchill Fellows, founded in 1969, is an honorary society of people dedicated to the development and use of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College. Past Fellows include Churchill’s namesake grandson, Winston Churchill; Walter Cronkite; President Dwight D. Eisenhower; Sir David Cannadine, Lady Mary Soames; British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Sir Martin Gilbert, International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller CBE; and the Right Honorable Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The Association of Churchill Fellows hosts annually a “Churchill Fellows Weekend,” an occasion that brings together renown speakers, statesmen, and Churchillians at the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
His Excellency Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, will be the keynote speaker for Churchill Fellows Weekend 2018, to be held March 24-25.
The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 International Churchill Conference, which will be held in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on November 9–11, 2018. This year’s theme will be “Churchill: Walking with Destiny” and will feature several new and returning faces.
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Randy Otto returns as Winston Churchill and Painting As A Past Time. Mr. Otto will take us back to one of the darkest periods in Churchill’s life, the early days of WWI and the fallout from the Dardanelles & Gallipoli campaigns and the forces that drew him to the artist’s easel.
Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes historian Jeremi Suri for a discussion of his latest book, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.
Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, and Professor of Public Affairs and History, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Henry Kissinger and the American Century, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.
Winston Churchill, Chartwell, 1950. (Photo by Mark Kauffman/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Winston’s Life in the Saddle
Book Signing & Conversation at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia.
Join us for a reception and book signing with author Brough Scott as he unveils his latest book, Churchill at the Gallop: Winston’s Life in the Saddle. Mr. Scott is a British horse racing journalist, broadcaster, former jockey and accomplished author. In his ninth book, Scott reminds readers of the importance that horses played in Winston Churchill’s life, as he traces the hoof prints through Churchill’s childhood, military career and achievements in sport.
Mr. Scott will be joined in conversation by Michael F. Bishop, director of the National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University and executive director of the International Churchill Society.
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