Timothy Riley is Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of the National Churchill Museum.
“Both my wife and I stand in need of some rest and sunshine and we hope it would be possible for us to live very quietly indeed with you for some few weeks,” Winston Churchill wrote on 22 November 1945 to his old Canadian friend Col. Frank Clarke, who had a home in Miami. Churchill continued, “The President has asked me to visit Westminster University [sic], Missouri, which is his home state, and deliver an address. He proposes himself to be present and introduce me. This will obviously be a public appearance of considerable importance.”1
Churchill may have believed that a day away from Chartwell was a day wasted, but he wasted little time in asking an old friend for temporary accommodation at his home on North Bay Road in Miami Beach. Like many before him—and countless since— Churchill sought a much-needed and well-deserved period of rest and relaxation in south Florida.
After years of war and three dismal months following his defeat in the general election of July 1945, Churchill received an invitation from Westminster College President Franc McCluer. Churchill’s spirits were buoyed by the now-famous postscript from President Truman: “This is a wonderful school in my home state. Hope you can do it. If you come, I’ll introduce you.”
NORMANDY TO EDINBURGH • JULY 17–25, 2018 • CULTURAL TOUR $9,999 • GOLF TOUR $12,999*
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Join The National WWII Museum on an all-new tour of Normandy and Scotland which pairs the treasured pastime of golf with a highlevel travel experience for what is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime tour opportunity. Featuring top golfers, leading historians, and the most knowledgeable guides, guests will play some of the most historic courses in the world and honor the servicemen of World War II who postponed their dreams and ambitions to answer the call of duty. In Normandy, visit the drop zones of the American Airborne and stand on Omaha Beach. Play the championship courses at Omaha Beach Golf Club and Barriere Golf Club at Deauville. Visit the Museum of Flight in Edinburgh, play rounds at historic Gleneagles and Edzell courses, and attend the final round of the British Open at Carnoustie. Stay on for our post-tour extension to watch five-time Open Championship winner and three-time Senior Open Champion Tom Watson as he returns to St. Andrews for the 2018 Senior Open Championship.
Offering guests a view of the Baltic region in World War II, this program begins with a two-night pre-cruise tour in Copenhagen, one of the first capital cities to fall to Nazi Germany in 1940, and finishes in Stockholm, where politicians delicately maintained neutrality in the conflict. While in Copenhagen, we will focus on the miraculous rescue of 7,000 Danish Jews via small fishing boats to Sweden. Local guides will tell their own families’ rescue stories in the quaint fishing town of Dragør on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
Once aboard Le Soléal, our next three ports will offer insight into the rivalry between Hitler and Stalin. In Helsinki, the Winter War becomes the main topic, while in St. Petersburg we will focus on the scene of one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, chronicled in Harrison Salisbury’s The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad. The three million inhabitants endured a merciless siege with temperatures dropping, at times, to 30 degrees below zero. In Tallinn, hear the stories of the locals who sought liberation from Stalin’s tyranny only to suffer through occupation and pillaging by Hitler’s forces.
Churchill War Rooms, part of Imperial War Museums (IWM), includes the original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker which sheltered Churchill and his staff during the Blitz. These historic rooms once buzzed with planning and plotting, strategies and secrets. Today visitors can explore the underground headquarters for themselves, see where Churchill and his War Cabinet met, sometimes late into the night, and look through the lens of history into the Map Room, where the books and charts have remained exactly where they were left on the day the lights were switched off in 1945.
Announcing the Completion of Phase I of the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington, DC
Churchill Friends: Over three decades ago, a small group of Churchill Centre members set forth an ambitious dream:
The creation of a new headquarters in Washington, DC to provide a substantial permanent home for Churchill studies in the heart of our nation’s capital.
Despite the passage of years, the dream did not die – but the financial, practical and organizational
challenges were formidable and made it seemingly beyond our reach. Yet we knew that to fulfil our mission to, in the words of Churchill’s daughter Lady Soames, “keep the memory green” and also ensure the continuing relevance of his legacy, we simply had no choice but to “never, never, never, never give in….”
Thus, it gives us great satisfaction to tell you that we have recently completed Phase I of the Capital Campaign for the new National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University (the NCLC.) It is with enormous pleasure to announce the buildout of its permanent home in the University’s Gelman Library will be completed this summer with a grand opening to coincide with the 33rd International Churchill Conference in Washington, DC October 27-29.
National Churchill Library and Center, Washington, D.C.
The National Churchill Leadership Center (NCLC) at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. is the first major research facility in the United States dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill. The Center, through its collections, interdisciplinary academic programmes and educational exhibits, will offer GW students, faculty, researchers and the public the opportunity to come together as a community and immerse themselves in discussions and scholarship infused with the ideas of citizenship and leadership exemplified by Churchill. The NCLC opened in 2016.
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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.