Bulletin #65 – Nov 2013

Publisher: Lee Pollock, Executive Director of The Churchill CentreEditor: David Freeman, Ph.D.

Churchill Bust Dedicated in Statuary Hall

Congressional Ceremony Headlined by Roger Daltrey

Churchill_Bust_US_CapitolNew Churchill Bust in US Capitol[Washington, D.C., 30 Oct.] Amid the grandeur of the United States Capitol Building’s Statuary Hall a standing-room only crowd witnessed the ceremony dedicating a bust of Winston Churchill donated to the nation by The Churchill Centre. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner accepted the bust with the words, “Winston Spencer Churchill was the best friend the United States ever had.” Joining the Speaker were former-Speaker and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate and the United States Secretary of State John Kerry. Roger Daltrey, founder and lead singer of The Who, performed “Stand By Me” as a tribute to Sir Winston’s legacy and Anglo-American solidarity. To watch the complete ceremony CLICK HERE. Read More >

2013 Churchill Conference Is Biggest Ever

Record Attendance for 30th International Conference in Washington, D.C. Full Details

Conference_LogoFrom a historic ceremony in the Capitol building to a Gala Black Tie dinner in the venerable Fairmont Hotel, the 30th International Conference included a record number of prominent Churchill enthusiasts, scholars and distinguished guests. A prelude to the formal conference schedule was the dedication ceremony of a bust of Winston Churchill donated to the United States Congress by The Churchill Centre [See lead story in this Bulletin.] On Thursday, 31 October, the conference itself began with three organized tours. This was followed by two days of panels at The George Washington University and two major banquets. Well over 300 people attended these events. Read More >

National Churchill Library Appeal Launched in DC

Churchill Centre Chairman Outlines Project in Conjunction with The George Washington University

National_Churchill_Library-and-CenterClick on image to view video about the project.Speaking at the opening session of the 30th International Churchill Conference, Laurence Geller, Chairman of The Churchill Centre, described the plans for The National Churchill Library & Center that will be built inside the ground floor of the Gelman Library on the campus of The George Washington University in the heart of the United States capital. “While millions of Americans admire the man and his legacy,” Geller said, “there has never been a permanent home for Churchill Scholarship and education in a major American center.” The facility will provide the Churchill Centre with a physical presence within walking distance of both the White House and the US State Department. Read More >

Randolph & Jennie: Together Again

Randolph Churchill & His Sister Jennie Repard Speak of Their Great-great-grandparents

RandolphjpegRandolph ChurchillThe first evening of the 30th International Churchill Conference concluded with a gala dinner in the ballroom of Washington’s Park Hyatt Hotel. The Keynote speakers were Randolph Churchill and his sister Jennie Repard, who shared the microphone to recount the whirlwind romance of their namesake great-great-grandparents. The love story of Sir Winston Churchill’s parents began 140 years ago on the Isle of Wight. The presentation made by the current generation of Churchills premiered in New York City on October 29th as part of the Tina Santi-Flaherty–Winston Churchill Lecture Series in partnership with The Writing Center at Hunter College and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute also at Hunter. Tina herself introduced Randolph and Jennie. To view the complete presentation CLICK HERE. Read More >

Ike’s Grandson David Eisenhower Brings Churchill Conference To Triumphal Conclusion in DC

Chris Matthews Presides at Gala Black Tie Gala in Fairmont Hotel

0250David EisenhowerThe 30th International Churchill Conference culminated with a commanding presentation by David Eisenhower about the relationship between his grandfather, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Winston Churchill. Joined by his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of Pres. Richard M. Nixon, David and Mrs. Eisenhower represented two American presidents who personally met and admired Churchill. Broadcaster Christopher Matthews, a Churchill Centre Board Trustee, served as Master of Ceremonies. Read More >

Celia Sandys Speaks At George Bush Library

Texas A&M University Press Re-prints Two Books by Churchill’s Granddaughter

Celia_at_AMCelia Sandys at the George Bush Presidential Library[College Station, TX; 24 October] The decision at the Texas A&M University Press to bring back into print two books about Winston Churchill by his granddaughter Celia Sandys led to several days of talks, appearances and book signings in Texas by Celia including a speech at the George Bush Presidential Library on the Texas A&M campus entitled “Memories of My Grandfather”. Both former President Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush attended the event. To view the speech in its entirety CLICK HERE. Read More >

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