NEW EXHIBITION AT THE MORGAN EXPLORES THE BRILLIANCE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S WRITINGS AND SPEECHES
SHOW INCLUDES LETTERS, CORRESPONDENCE, EDITED TYPESCRIPTS OF CHURCHILL'S FAMOUS SPEECHES, ARTIFACTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND ORIGINAL SOUND RECORDINGS AND BROADCASTS
Churchill: The Power of Words June 8 – September 23, 2012
New York, NY, March 27, 2012—Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965) is considered by many historians to be among the finest orators and writers of the twentieth century. His speeches galvanized Great Britain at its darkest hour during World War II, and his letters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt were instrumental in building support for the war effort from the United States, the country of Churchill's mother's birth. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 for his contribution to the written and spoken word, Churchill became an icon of the post-war age, an internationally recognized leader admired throughout the free world.
Churchill: The Power of Words, on view from June 8 through September 23, 2012 at The Morgan Library & Museum, brings to life the man behind the words through some sixty-five documents, artifacts, and recordings, ranging from edited typescripts of his speeches to his Nobel Medal and Citation to excerpts from his broadcasts made during the London blitz. Items in the exhibition are on loan from the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, as well as from Churchill's house at Chartwell in Kent, which is administered by Britain's National Trust.
The exhibition is designed with a contemporary audience in mind, and includes a compelling audio-visual space where visitors may listen to Churchill's major speeches, as well as an interactive timeline with touch screens that explores the context of Churchill's broadcasts and writings with related images.
"Few modern statesmen have approached Sir Winston Churchill's skill with the written and spoken word," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "He made his name as a writer, he funded his political career with his pen, and he carefully crafted his words to serve as tools for international diplomacy and as patriotic symbols for a nation at war. This exhibition shows why words matter, and how they can make a difference for the better, and it is therefore particularly appropriate that the Morgan, with its extraordinary literary collections, should host this exhibition."
Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, said: "The incredible collections of The Morgan Library & Museum represent the literary, artistic and cultural tradition that informed the writings of Winston Churchill, and the world he fought to preserve. There can be no better venue for this exhibition."
The Power of Words "In the dark days and darker nights when Britain stood alone—and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life—he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." —John F. Kennedy, April 9, 1963
The physical and intellectual heart of the exhibition is Churchill's own voice, as recorded in some of the broadcasts that were received in the United States, and as set out on the page in his own annotated speaking notes. The exhibition highlights a number of the speeches that he made between October 1938, when Hitler began to dismember Czechoslovakia, and December 1941, when Pearl Harbor brought the United States fully into World War II.
Churchill's broadcast to the United States on October 16, 1938 was made from the political wilderness, as he no longer held high political office in Britain, but is a powerful articulation of the need for the United States to become more engaged in Europe and to play a role in containing Hitler. It is also a clear statement of the power of words and ideas: "They [the dictators] are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home—all the more powerful because forbidden—terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic."
Churchill Centre and George Washington University Announce New Churchill Library and Center in Washington, D.C.
Laurence Geller, and GW's President, Steven Knapp The Churchill Centre and The George Washington University (GW) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of a new Churchill Library and Center on the GW campus in the heart of Washington, D.C. The Memorandum was executed at a signing ceremony at The Churchill Centre's headquarters in Chicago by its Chairman, Laurence S. Geller, and GW's President, Steven Knapp.
Mr. Geller noted that "undertaking this project with The George Washington University represents a milestone in the development of The Churchill Centre and of Churchill scholarship in America. The unique place that Winston Churchill holds in modern history as an icon of leadership and the respect his memory is accorded throughout the United States have long demanded the creation of a permanent home for Churchill studies, exhibitions and programs in our nation's capital." President Knapp added that "GW is delighted to be able to partner with The Churchill Centre in this worthwhile project which will bring an important new element to our campus and expand our already strong programs in modern history."
The planned $8 million facility, to be known as The National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University, will encompass four elements: an extensive library of books and other materials by and about Churchill and his times; an endowed Chair in Churchill Studies in GW's History Department; an endowed Directorship of the Library and Center; and customized exhibition space for permanent and travelling displays about Churchill, his life and times. The Library and Center will be housed in dedicated street level space in GW's Gelman Library in the heart of the university campus in Washington's West End and will present a continuing range of lectures, seminars, programs and exhibits for scholars, students and visitors.
High Commissioner Helps Launch Churchill Society in Ottawa
British High Commisison, Ottawa, 02 December 2011—To mark the 137th anniversary of the former Prime Minister's birth, High Commissioner Andrew Pocock hosted the launch of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa.
Held at Earnscliffe, the evening's keynote speaker was Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge. The title of his talk was "Why Bring Churchill Back to Canada?".
Prior to the event, Mr Packwood filmed a short interview where he talked about Churchill's many Canadian connections and announced plans to bring pages of his well-known 1941 speech to a joint-session of the Canadian Parliament back to Canada for display in the near future.
The non-partisan Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa plans to hold a number of events in the National Captial Region over the coming months. It joins a number of Churchill Socities across Canada, including the The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy in Toronto.
Polo, Churchill, and Charity Come to Santa Rosa, California
Sir Winston Churchill would have enjoyed the scene at the Wine Country Polo Club in Santa Rosa, where polo teams played a charity match Saturday.
By STEVE HART
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, 8 October 2011—"My grandfather would have loved to be here, watching a sport he loved so much," said Celia Sandys, granddaughter of the British wartime leader and statesman. Sandys, a Churchill historian and author, presented the trophy at the Winston S. Churchill and James S. Brady Courage Cup held at the club's Trione Field in Oakmont.
The event benefits a Bay Area horseback therapy program for children with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders.
This year, it partnered with The Churchill Centre, a London-based nonprofit dedicated to the statesman's work. Churchill was an avid polo player, winning the All—India Cup with his regimental team in the late 1890s.
Churchill played with one arm strapped to his side because he'd injured his shoulder getting off a ship, Sandys said.
He continued playing until he was in his 50s.
The charity match has been held for the past 26 years at the polo fields in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It moved north this year when they weren't available, said Melba Meakin of Horses in California, the nonprofit that sponsors the match.
Santa Rosa philanthropist Henry Trione offered the Oakmont polo fields for free, she said.
"The horses like this field and the riders do too," Meakin said.
The event also pays tribute to James Brady, the former press secretary for President Ronald Reagan who was seriously wounded and permanently disabled in an assassination attempt on the president in 1981.
Brady is a supporter of equine therapy and agreed to lend his name to the match.
The Java Beach team from Menlo Polo Club won Saturday's match 7-4 over a team with players from the Santa Rosa and Sutter Buttes polo clubs.
Lady Soames Birthday Celebrated at Gala Party Aboard Ship in South of France
By D. Craig Horn
To celebrate a birthday is to celebrate a life. Churchillians from around the world celebrated the birthday of Mary Soames, Winston Churchill's daughter, at Cannes, France, on September 15, 2011. Celia Sandys hosted a gala birthday party for Mary aboard ship during a spectacular tour to the South of France. Thirty Churchillians came together aboard the luxurious Seabourn Legend, September 9-16, for an incredible tour of many of the venues that Winston Churchill visited and painted. The tour was organized and produced by Celia Sandys and began in the port of Civitavecchia near Rome. The ship sailed to the intriguing Corsican village of Bonifacio and then on to ports across the Cote d'Azur, the French Riviera, Le Lavandou, Provence, Sanary-sur-Mer, Saint Raphael, Cannes and ended in spectacular Monte-Carlo, Monaco. In addition to Celia, we were joined by Allen Packwood and Minnie Churchill who gave interesting and insightful presentations along the way about Churchill, his adventures and his painting. One guest summarized the week as "one of the greatest weeks that I have ever had."
View more photos from the event here. The onboard party included tour guests from Canada, England, France and the United States of America and who were joined by the ship's Captain Andrew Pedder to raise a glass of champagne, Pol Roger of course, in honor of Mary. One of the night's many highlights was a special birthday cake, hand-fashioned in chocolate by the ship's pastry chef, into a beautiful cigar caddy inside of which were individual cakes, each in the shape of a Churchill-sized cigar. A special toast for the occasion was offered by Alan Packwood, Director of The Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College in Cambridge, England.