Churchill Centre Executive Director reveals renderings for new Churchill Library and Center.
By Lee Pollock, Phil and Sue LarsonCHICAGOLANDFrom left: Jill Pollock; Lee Pollock, TCC Executive Director; Phil and Sue Larson, Co-Presidents, Churchill Centre Chicagoland; Dan Myers, TCC COO
Chicago area Churchillians gathered for brunch at the Mon Ami Gabi restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois in early June to hear Churchill Centre (TCC) Executive Director Lee Pollock provide an exclusive preview of plans for the new National Churchill Library and Center
to be created on the campus of George Washington University in the heart of Washington, D.C. The group of some fifty local members and supporters, including TCC Chicagoland Co-Presidents Phil and Sue Larson, were given the opportunity to review preliminary architectural renderings and site plans for the new Library and Center as well as discuss the various components of the project which include an endowed professorship in GW's history department, a comprehensive collection of books and other material by and about Churchill, an endowed Curator/Director position and an exhibit gallery employing state-of-the art digital technology to present Churchill's story to a wide range of visitors. A recently completed video on the new facility, including interviews with TCC Board Chair, Laurence Geller CBE, Randolph Churchill, and GW President Dr. Steven Knapp, was also presented.
In addition to local members, the guests included five Rickover Military Academy cadets along with Rickover Superintendent Michael Biela and Social Studies teacher Leanne Dumais. The Rickover attendees included the recent winner of the Churchill speaking competition held at Chicago's Rickover Naval Academy high school and the 2011 Churchill Essay winner. Longtime member Joe Troiani generously hosted 16 guests for the event.
Lee Pollock (left) and Joe Troiani (rear center) with Rickover Cadets.
Lee also updated members on other significant TCC initiatives and Churchill activities including the 2012 Churchill Centre Leadership Award presentation to Fred Malek, the new "Churchill: The Power of Words" exhibit at the Morgan Library in New York (on view until September 23) and the upcoming debut of the Churchill Archives digital edition of the Churchill papers.