Group Sees Treasures of the Churchill-Roosevelt Relationship at Newly Renovated Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & MuseumRandolph Churchill & Sister Jennie Churchill Repard
A group of Churchillians, led by Churchill Centre Executive Director Lee Pollock, recently visited the newly renovated Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. Participants in the specially organized private tour included Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, and his sister Jennie Churchill Repard, leading historian Sir David Cannadine, the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre and of The Churchill Centre U.K. Allen Packwood and Sean Sawyer, Executive Director of the Royal Oak Foundation, the U.S. arm of the National Trust which operates Winston Churchill's country home Chartwell.
The Late Actor Recalls His Youth During the WarPeter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole, who rocketed to fame playing Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, passed away on 14 December 2013. He was 81. Born sometime in 1932 (O'Toole acknowledged the precise date and location were indeterminate--possibly Ireland, possibly England), the actor recalled his youth being clouded by the shadow of Hitler and the War. These subjects O'Toole discussed with American interviewer Charlie Rose when publicizing his 1992 memoirs Loitering With Intent
. To watch the interview including O'Toole's fulsome tribute to Winston Churchill, please CLICK HERE
Editor of Chartwell Bulletin Will Collaborate With Long-time Editor Richard LangworthDavid Freeman With the New
Churchill Bust in the US Capitol
After serving for a year as the editor of the Chartwell Bulletin
, Churchill scholar David Freeman has now been appointed Associate Editor of Finest Hour
, the flagship quarterly publication of The Churchill Centre and the leading international journal in the field of Churchill studies. Announcement of the appointment, which is effective this month, was made by Richard Langworth CBE, the long-time Editor of FH, and Lee Pollock, Executive Director of the Centre.
Conference to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of D-Day Landing at National World War II Museum of the United States
The Churchill Centre and the Churchill Society of New Orleans are pleased to partner with the National World War II Museum to bring you the 31st International Churchill Conference, April 3-5, 2014, during the 70th anniversary year of Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. The Theme of the conference is "Churchill: Fighting and Writing." Conference sessions will be held in the Loews Hotel New Orleans, and registration will include free admission to tour the Museum and to watch the award-winning 4D cinematic experience narrated by Tom Hanks, Beyond All Boundaries
. To register for the conference, please CLICK HERE
Travel Grant Supported Participation by Members of the House of Winston ChurchillThe House of Winston Churchill
A group of students from The King's College in New York City attended the 30th International Churchill Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, supported by a travel grant from The Churchill Centre. The King's College is an accredited four-year liberal arts college founded in 1938 and located in downtown Manhattan. Students are organized into "houses" similar to English universities with the "House of Winston Churchill" having over fifty members who share an enthusiastic interest in and admiration for Sir Winston Churchill.
John Steinbeck's Account of Life in Churchill's Britain
In June, 1943 the great American novelist John Steinbeck sailed on a troopship to Britain to report on the Second World War for the New York Herald Tribune
. He stayed the summer in England before following the war to Italy. His reports were eventually collected in 1958 under the title Once There Was a War
. Though not as well known as his fiction (The Grapes of Wrath
, Of Mice and Men)
, Steinbeck's account of life in Churchill's Britain is one of his best books. By turns comic, poignant and achingly melancholy these sketches will make you laugh and cry unless you truly have a heart of stone. Anyone who has ever served in the armed forces will recognize the timeless situations and characters that Steinbeck records. Nor are the trials of the civilian population overlooked. This may be the literary counterpart to Edward R. Murrow's famous war broadcasts, better in fact since these stories were set down to be read.