Black Tie Gala Dinner in the United States Capitol Building on 2 Nov.
David EisenhowerWashington, D.C.: The Churchill Center is pleased to announce that distinguished historian David Eisenhower will deliver the keynote address to this year’s International Churchill Conference at the closing black-tie gala dinner in the United States Capitol Building’s historic Statuary Hall. The grandson of the 34th President of the United States, David is the author of the bestseller Eisenhower: At War (1986), which was a Putlizer Prize Finalist. He is currently director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. With his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, he co-authored Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Statuary HallConference Chairman Christopher Sterling has confirmed that The House Speaker’s Office has granted The Churchill Center the privilege of hosting this special dinner event in the National Statuary Hall, the original meeting chamber of the United States House of Representatives. Five presidents were inaugurated in this venue, which now features statues of prominent Americans provided by each of the 50 states. Congress customarily hosts a luncheon here on Inauguration Day for the newly sworn-in President. Seating for this event is very limited. For Registration details, please click on the Read More link. Read More >
Rare Recordings of Churchill Recently Discovered
The Recordings Were Found In Vintage Art-Deco HMV Cabinet6 July 2013: Historian Andrew Roberts hosted an edition of BBC Radio 4’s “Archive on Four” titled “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet” which presented to the public extracts of rare recordings of Churchill speeches recently discovered at the Churchill Archive Centre. The recordings preserved on fragile discs made of shellac and lacquoer were found in a cabinet that sat for many years in the dining room at Chartwell. The polished mahogany cabinet, about 3 feet high and two feet wide, was moved to the Churchill Archive Centre nearly twenty years ago. Only recently though did archivists look into the cabinet and examine the contents. Among discs containing Churchill’s favorite sort of music (Gilbert & Sullivan, Noel Coward, Music-Hall ditties) rested 43 recordings of Churchill himself, a number of which appear to be unique. Read More >
Churchill’s Beloved Mediterranean Retreat Goes on the Market
Beautiful La Pausa Hosted Churchill Ten TimesRoquebrune-cap-Martin, France: The house of Churchill’s overseas literary representative, Emery Reves, has been put up for sale with an asking price of 40 million Euros or about $52 million. Originally built in the 1920s for Coco Chanel by Churchill’s friend “Bendor”, the second Duke of Westminster, La Pausa was purchased by Reves and his future wife Wendy in the early 1950s. Not long after retiring as prime minister, Churchill first stayed at the French Riviera villa in 1956 and made a total of ten extended visits over the following three years. He enjoyed the weather, the “paintacious” scenery and the fine company of his hosts, dubbing the home “Pausaland”. After Reves died in 1981, Wendy, an honorary member of The Churchill Centre, stayed on until her death in 2007. At that point the house and its belongings were sealed up until the clearing of legal matters allowed the six-acre property to go on the market in early May. Read More >
Luxury Yacht Christina Belonged to Aristotle Onassis
Churchill Sailed on the Christina eight timesLondon, 3 July: Accustomed to cruising the Mediterranean with the rich and famous friends of its owner, most notably Winston Churchill, the Christina is currently moored at Chatham docks, where it is being offered for twenty-one million pounds. In a sense the ship has returned to its roots, for it was originally a Canadian frigate commissioned as HMCS Stormont and took part in the D-Day landings. Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis purchased the vessel after the war and refitted it as a pleasure cruiser, which he named for his daughter. After Churchill first dined aboard the yacht as a guest of Onassis in 1956, he wrote to Clementine: “It is the most beautiful structure I have seen afloat.” Between 1958 and 1963 Churchill made eight lengthy cruises on the Christina. Read More >
“Angry History Podcast” Takes Dead Aim At Coventry Canard
Coventry Cathedral: Old & NewMay 18th: Presenters at “Angry History Podcast” have produced a half-hour program discussing the persistant myth that Prime Minister Winston Churchill deliberately sacrificed the city of Coventry to Luftwaffe bombing in November 1940 in order to protect the fact that British intelligence had broken German military codes. Dean Karayanis and Owen Moogan discuss the origins of the myth, directly traceable to a 1974 book that presented no evidence, and how variations of the groundless claim have been repeated ever since. They counter this with the facts of the case and explain how people today can be so easily taken in by the falsehood. To listen to the complete podcast, please CLICK HERE. Read More >
Schoolchildren to Study Churchill in Overhaul of History Curriculum
Click on Photo for video of Celia Sandys discussing the study of her grandfatherLondon, 5 July: Education Secretary Michael Gove is set to announce an extensive overhaul of the history taught to British schoolchildren that explicitly restores Winston Churchill and other famous Britons to the curriculum starting in the autumn of next year. Churchill’s name and those of many other historical figures were previously deleted during a controversial overhaul in 2007 that led to cries of “dumbing down” education. Under the new requirements students age 11 to 14 will study key figures such as Henry VIII and Queen Victoria along with Churchill’s leadership during the Second World War. Ministers believe the new course of study will prepare children with the core knowledge needed to proceed with higher-level studies and the workplace. Read More >