Members will be sad to learn of the recent death of Eric Bingham at the age of 94. Eric was a long-time member and was at one time the Society’s membership secretary.
In 1995 Eric and his late wife Hilda wrote a deeply researched piece about Robert Somervell, Churchill’s history master at Harrow: see Finest Hour 86. In My Early Life, Churchill had written that his debt to Mr Somervell was great and that it was due to him that he had got into his bones “the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence – which is a noble thing.”
ICS Chairman Laurence Geller Welcomes Delegates to the 2017 BABC Conference
Ladies & Gentleman,
Welcome to Chicago, our dynamic, always growing and ever improving truly Global City.
We are so very grateful for your being part of the British American Business Council 2017 Transatlantic Conference and want you to enjoy every facet of our diverse, exciting, beckoning and enticing great city.
Chicago has so many world class attributes to offer and it takes many visits to taste and appreciate them all.
For those many of you who have travelled near and far to attend this conference, we hope you will return time and time again in the certainty that we will always beckon you with outstretched and welcoming hands
One thing is certain, every time you come not only will you always find something new to enjoy in Chicago but you will be coming back to visit a good friend. Our conference theme this year is “Navigation of the New World” and it could not be more timely or appropriate.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the Chinese Room, Buckingham Palace.
Statement from the Chairman of the International Churchill Society Regarding HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Decision to Retire from Public Duties
Upon his own retirement in 1955, Sir Winston Churchill wrote in a personal message to HM The Queen about HRH The Duke of Edinburgh: “His Royal Highness’s remarkable qualities are making an ever-deepening impression upon the minds of people of all classes and Parties.” As a naval officer during the Second World War, the young Prince Philip had already made a favourable impression upon Churchill.
The Duke further showed his qualities in 1951 when he achieved the remarkable feat of convincing Churchill to change his mind. It was proposed that then Princess Elizabeth and her husband travel to Canada by air, a novel form of transit at the time. “To this Churchill was deeply opposed,” the Duke late recalled in a letter to Churchill’s Official Biographer Sir Martin Gilbert, “so it was decided that I should try to persuade him to give his approval. I am glad to say that he eventually did agree, after I had reminded him of his flights across the Atlantic during the war while he was in the rather more responsible position of Prime Minister.”
Churchill gave his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ Speech in 1946
These events took place at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury and the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It was on the campus of Westminster College on 5 March 1946 that Winston Churchill gave his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech.
During his 37-year career in the U.S. Army, General Petraeus was widely recognized for his command of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing U.S. Army leaders and units for deployment to combat. Before his retirement in 2011, his commands included the leadership of the Surge in Iraq and for his command of forces in Afghanistan. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, he became Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Author of On Tyranny gives a talk in Washington, D.C.
Professor Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, gavea talk at the National Churchill Library and Center about his book in which he reflects on how many democracies failed throughout Europe during the 20th century and how these specific cases can be used as lessons for maintaining democracy today. Watch the entire talk at C-SPAN.
Former British Foreign Secretary David Owen, Baron Owen of the City of Plymouth
Former British Foreign Secretary among Headliners for Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference at the J. W. Marriott Essex House, New York City, Oct. 10–12
Former British Foreign Secretary David Owen (Baron Owen of the City of Plymouth and author of the recently published Cabinet’s Finest Hour: The Hidden Agenda of May 1940) will bring his considerable diplomatic experience to the proceedings as he analyzes Churchill’s role in global affairs. The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that early registration is now open for the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12.Follow this link to register today.
Lord Owen will also be speaking about his new book at the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington, D. C. at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 26. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Oxford Professor Richard Carwardine speaking at the National Churchill Library and Center
Author of Lincoln’s Sense of Humor Professor Richard Carwardine talked about his latest book, in which he examines Abraham Lincoln’s sense of humor and his ability to invoke it throughout his life and presidential tenure.
Registration Now Open for the 2017 International Churchill Conference in New York City, October 10–12
The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that early registration is now open for the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12.Follow this link to register today. Read More >
Churchill Bust Returns to the Oval Office By SIR KIM DARROCH
On Friday, January 27, Prime Minister Theresa May visited the White House and officially loaned a bust of Sir Winston Churchill to President Donald Trump. The bust has been placed in the Oval Office as a symbol of the strength of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. The presence of a bust of one of the most famous Anglo-Americans in history will be a reminder of a friendship that has endured for generations in both good times and bad. Read More >
The former Director of the CIA visits the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington, D.C.
Last week, the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) at The George Washington University welcomed General David Petraeus for its first major event. NCLC Director Michael F. Bishop sat down with General Petraeus for a wide-ranging discussion on strategic leadership, current global challenges, and his reflections on former British Prime Minister Winston S Churchill as a leader in war and peace.
General Petraeus, a renowned counterinsurgency expert, served for nearly four decades in the U.S. Army. His commands included coalition forces in Iraq, U.S. Central Command, and coalition forces in Afghanistan. He was widely credited for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq that sharply reduced sectarian violence. Upon his retirement from the military, he took up the post of CIA Director.
Dear Members and Friends of The International Churchill Society:
Writing in his memoirs, Sir Winston Churchill observed of the American people that “their national psychology is such that the bigger the Idea the more wholeheartedly and obstinately do they throw themselves into making it a success.” Nearly fifty years ago, a small group of enthusiasts came together to compare notes on postage stamps bearing Churchill’s likeness. Only a few months before he died, Sir Winston’s son Randolph gave his blessing to this newly formed organization. Thus the International Churchill Society (ICS) was born.
In the depth of the global economic crisis that began in 2008, I developed a plan for the future of ICS to be accomplished by 2015, the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death. I presented this ambitious but much-needed plan to our Patron, the wonderful and wise Lady Soames and to her nephew, the always uplifting Winston.
Last week, we held our 33rd International Churchill Conference in Washington, D.C. to great acclaim. At the conclusion of the conference, I was delighted to officially open our National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) on the campus of the globally respected George Washington University (GWU).
International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller addressed the annual international conference
Washington, D. C., 28 October 2016
Writing in his memoirs, Sir Winston Churchill observed of the American people that “their national psychology is such that the bigger the Idea the more wholeheartedly and obstinately do they throw themselves into making it a success.” Nearly fifty years ago, a small group of enthusiasts came together to compare notes on postage stamps bearing Churchill’s likeness. Only a few months before he died, Sir Winston’s son Randolph gave his blessing to this newly formed organization. Thus the International Churchill Society was born.
Today, as we gather for our thirty-third international conference, we count more than three thousand members and two-dozen chapters worldwide. Our journal Finest Hour has been published continuously since 1981. We have hosted royalty, leading politicians, journalists, authors, captains of industry, and renowned scholars—many of whom have not only spoken at our events but have contributed to our journals. Above all, we earned our reputation as the go-to organization for anyone, be it idle amateur or famed academic, with an interest in the life and legacy of Sir Winston.
Our website is visited each year by more than one-and-a-half million people, and we are bringing other Churchill websites into our fold as we work towards our goal of at least four million sessions annually. And while our online monthly, the Chartwell Bulletin, has today more than 30,000 subscribers, our ambitious target of 100,000 subscribers is within our sights. Daily we connect with thousands more through our continuously strengthening social media platforms.
The Churchill’s Centre’s Executive Director weighs on thoughts about the 2016 election in the United States
By LEE POLLOCK
Published in The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 6, 2016 Search the internet for “ Winston Churchill and democracy” and you’ll find a quote attributed to Britain’s great World War II leader: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
While that comment—which is actually apocryphal—may resonate among some voters in this highly unusual election year in the U.S., Churchill’s faith in constitutional democracy would never have accommodated such a dystopian view. His equally famous comment (though not original to him)—“Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms”—is closer to his real sentiments.
Churchill’s daughter Mary Soames, who died in 2014 after a long life as guardian of her father’s legacy, was skeptical of attempts to invoke his name. “How would you know?” was her retort to “What Winston Would Think.” Even so, it’s tempting to consider what he would make of American politics in 2016.
Announcing the Completion of Phase I of the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington, DC
Churchill Friends: Over three decades ago, a small group of Churchill Centre members set forth an ambitious dream:
The creation of a new headquarters in Washington, DC to provide a substantial permanent home for Churchill studies in the heart of our nation’s capital.
Despite the passage of years, the dream did not die – but the financial, practical and organizational
challenges were formidable and made it seemingly beyond our reach. Yet we knew that to fulfil our mission to, in the words of Churchill’s daughter Lady Soames, “keep the memory green” and also ensure the continuing relevance of his legacy, we simply had no choice but to “never, never, never, never give in….”
Thus, it gives us great satisfaction to tell you that we have recently completed Phase I of the Capital Campaign for the new National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University (the NCLC.) It is with enormous pleasure to announce the buildout of its permanent home in the University’s Gelman Library will be completed this summer with a grand opening to coincide with the 33rd International Churchill Conference in Washington, DC October 27-29.
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The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.
At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.