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The Churchill Centre to Donate Bust of Winston Churchill to U.S. Capitol Print E-mail
Historic Work to Join Prestigious National Collection
Statuary HallStatuary Hall, U.S. Capitol Building
The Churchill Centre is honored to announce that it has been invited to donate a bust of Winston Churchill to the U.S. Capitol for permanent display in the Congressional art collection, alongside images of great figures from American history. Very few non-Americans are represented in the Capitol building and this will be the most significant recognition accorded to Churchill by the United States government in many years.

The donation is made at the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives pursuant to House Resolution 497 approved on the 70th anniversary of Churchill's historic address to a joint session of Congress shortly after America's entry into World War Two. The Resolution noted Churchill's status as an Honorary Citizen of the United States and recognized that his "persistence, determination and resolve remain an inspiration to freedom-fighters all over the world."

The work being donated by the Centre is a rare Estate casting of a historic bust of Churchill sculpted from life by renowned artist Oscar Nemon. Only two other such copies are in existence, in the Churchill War Rooms in London and in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow.

An historic Congressional ceremony to unveil the bust will be held in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday morning, October 30, 2013. In announcing the ceremony, the Speaker noted "Placing a bust of Churchill in the Capitol is a fitting recognition of his service to the cause of freedom and his friendship to the United States. Next month, we will come together to salute this great statesman and honor his legacy of persistence, determination, and resolve."

Chartwell Bulletin Has New Editor Print E-mail
David Freeman Takes Over From John David Olsen

DFNew Chartwell Bulletin Editor
Dr. David Freeman
Long-time Churchill Centre member and Finest Hour contributor David Freeman has taken over the reins of the Chartwell Bulletin [CB] from John David Olsen starting with this issue.  "John transformed the CB from a quarterly print publication mailed out to hundreds into a monthly online newsletter sent out to tens of thousands," Freeman explained.  "My job now is to build on the base which John established in order to draw in more readers as active members of the Churchill Centre."  "I will be working closely with Finest Hour editor Richard Langworth to coordinate the two journals by which we regularly engage our members," Freeman said.  
"The Churchill Companion" Now on Print E-mail
The Churchill Centre's newly published concise guide to Winston Churchill is now for sale online. 
The Churchill Centre has just published The Churchill Companion: A Concise Guide to the Life & Times of Winston S. Churchill.

Churchill-Companion-CoverThis handy, pocket guide was originally compiled by the late David Hatter, but the editing of this new publication was completed by Finest Hour editor Richard Langworth, with the able assistance of many Churchill experts*.

The Churchill Companion offers twenty-eight categories of ready-reference information on the life and times of Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) for students, scholars and researchers, together with Internet references for further reference. It will be available digitally as well as in print form.

Sections include:

  • A Timeline of his life and times
  • Books written by or about Churchill
  • Elections he participated in from 1899 to 1959
  • A Glossary of Parliamentary and Political Terms
  • Honors, Orders, Decorations and Medals
  • Myths
  • Offices Held
  • Residences
  • Secretaries, including Private, Parliamentary and Personal

The Companion begins with a 100-year Timeline of Churchill's life from his birth in 1874 to the death of his wife Clementine in 1977. Subsequent chapters list Churchill's books; recommended books about him; his BBC broadcasts from 1938 to 1945; pound-dollar values and inflation since 1874; dramatic productions in film and television; elections fought by Churchill; the family tree; leading articles in the journal Finest Hour; the 1965 funeral service; a glossary of Parliamentary and political terms; British governments, sovereigns and prime ministers; Churchill's honors, orders, decorations and medals; his favorite hotels; his military commissions; a military glossary, leading Churchill myths; government offices held; British political parties; Churchill residences and holiday accommodations; Parliamentary, personal and private secretaries; the British nobility; World War II summit conferences; all Churchill's race horses; his travel by sea; his travels in North America, his travels in World War II, and the Visitors Book at Chartwell.

Order your copy today. Available from for $9.95.

The Churchill Centre is the leading international membership organization devoted to preserving the thoughts, words and deeds of Sir Winston Churchill among democratic and freedom-loving peoples throughout the world. The Centre has over forty branches, chapters and affiliates in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Israel and Portugal. Centre publications include the quarterly journal Finest Hour (in both print and digital form), featuring the best contemporary writing about Churchill's life and times, including—by special permission— Sir Winston's own articles and speeches from among his fifteen million published words. Many of the chapters in The Churchill Companion are derived from articles and research in Finest Hour.

Inside the Imperial War Museum Print E-mail
The Churchill War Rooms are to be featured in latest series of "Museum Secrets," airing on UKTV this month.

Phil-Reed-Churchill-War-RoomsMuseum Director Phil Reed on a tour of the Churchill War Rooms.
The Yesterday Channel on UKTV in England will be airing Museum Secrets Season 2 for the first time this summer.

Starting on June 22, 2012, Yesterday will broadcast Museum Secrets on Fridays at 9 PM for eight weeks.

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of Britain at war, from World War One to the present, through a collection of 10 million items – from guns to planes to medals to cyanide pills – at five locations in England visited by over 2 million people every year.

Find out more on the series and watch a video clip here.

In Episode Two, we descend into Churchill's top-secret underground bunker to discover why he was an irreplaceable leader. We find out how a London housewife became a spy who withstood horrific Nazi torture to protect a vital secret, then we take cover in a World War One trench as we reveal the story of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose discovery turned the tide of the war. We meet an aging cold warrior who exposes dark truths about atomic weapons hidden from the British people for 50 years, then fly above Iraq with British top guns to discover how to stay frosty when enemy missiles lock on. And finally we follow a team of military researchers as they close in on the holy grail of camouflage: how to make a soldier invisible.

The Churchill Centre Presents 2012 Leadership Award to Fred Malek Print E-mail
The Churchill Centre honors a distinguished American and holds most successful fundraising event in its history.

2012-Malek-DinnerFred Malek is presented with the award by last year's recipient J.W. Marriott.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2012—The Churchill Centre presented its 2012 Leadership Award to distinguished American civic and business leader Fred Malek at a gala dinner and award ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2012. Mr. Malek, who was recognized for his forty years of service as an advisor to four United States Presidents and his leadership in private industry received the award from J. W. Marriott, Jr., a previous recipient, a Churchill Centre Trustee and Chairman of Marriott International, Inc.

Over 400 Churchillians from across the United States as well as leaders from the public, private and institutional sectors in Washington attended the dinner, the largest and most successful in TCC history. Proceeds supported the Centre's educational activities and the new National Churchill Library and Centre to be created on the campus of the George Washington University.

Follow this link for more photos from the event. 

Co-Chairs for the evening were TCC Chairman Laurence S. Geller CBE, Jane Harman, longtime member of Congress and President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and Catherine B. Reynolds, Chair of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. The host committee included Sens. Trent Lott, Tom Daschle, William Cohen and Norm Coleman, Cong. John Dingell, Gens. Brent Scowcroft, Jim Jones and David Petraeus and Secys. Frank Carlucci and Elaine Chao. Noted journalist Chris Matthews served as Master of Ceremonies.

Dinner speakers included Gen. David Petraeus, Randolph Churchill, Katty Kay, BBC Washington bureau chief, and Dr. Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University. Other distinguished attendees included Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Philip Barton, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United Kingdom, Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Edwina Sandys and Paul Tetraeult, President of the Ford's Theater Society. Also enjoying the evening were Cong. Mac Thornberry, Sen. Roy Blunt, GWU Provost Steven Lerman and President Emeritus Steven Trachtenberg.

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