National Churchill Museum
Acclaimed Churchill author Cita Stelzer, who details the great statesman's dinner table diplomacy in her new book, will give a public reading from the book and sign copies from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College.
The author will also be treated by Museum staff to a noon luncheon that replicates the meal served to Churchill himself at the President's home when he came to Westminster College to deliver his "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946.
"We are honored to introduce Cita Stelzer and her wonderful new book to Central Missouri readers," says Dr. Rob Havers. "Churchill used these grand social occasions to strengthen alliances, persuade opponents and to gain information and all of that is captured in this fascinating book."
Entitled Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table, Stelzer's book chronicles ten dinners during Churchill's Prime Minster years with world leaders and how he used his powerful social skills and expert planning as a dinner host to gain political advantage.
Reviews from prominent publications such as the London Daily Standard, the Washington Times and the Huffington Post have described the book as "delightful," "amusing and unpretentious," and "riveting, informative and entertaining."
"In the course of many years spent reading biographies of and books about Winston Churchill, I realized that I had learned little about how this man planned the meals at which he accomplished so much," says Stelzer. "After all, most of the deals that were struck during the famous international conferences held during World War II were made at or facilitated by dinners at which the leaders were more relaxed than at formal sessions."
She began digging into the Churchill Archives at Churchill College, Cambridge and found menus of famous dinners with Roosevelt, Truman and Stalin as well as details of Churchill's careful staging of these dinners with his generals, political allies and enemies and other interesting people.
A free-lance editor and journalist, Stelzer is a Research Associate at Hudson Institute. She has worked for John Lindsay, the former Mayor of New York, and Hugh Carey, former Governor of the state of New York. Currently, she is a reader at Churchill College, Cambridge; a Director of the Churchill Centre UK; and a Trustee of Wigmore Hall.
Her book, Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table, was published by Pegasus Books on January 9, 2013.
For more information on the event, those interested can call 573-592-5234.
The National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO is the only North American institution fully devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Churchill. The heart of the Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruin from German bombings during World War II. This beautiful house of worship was brought stone by stone from England to Westminster and restored on campus in 1969.
Beneath the Church is a state-of-the-art Museum that combines interactive technology to tell Churchill's story through sight, sound and touch. In 2006, Chris Matthews, MSNBC commentator, was present at the opening of this new $4 million exhibition and said its ability to bring history to life in a dynamic, stimulating fashion was incredible and that it rivaled that of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Adjacent to the National Churchill Museum stands a sculpture by Edwina Sandys, Churchill's granddaughter, entitled "Breakthrough," which was constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the demise of the "Iron Curtain" that Sir Winston had predicted. Visitors may also enjoy the historic gymnasium where Churchill delivered his world famous "Iron Curtain Speech" in 1946 on another part of campus.
The National Churchill Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every first Thursday of the month observes extended hours until 7 p.m. Regular admission prices are Adults-$6, Seniors-$5, College Students and Youth-$4, Children (6-11)-$3, and Children (5 and under)-free. For more information about the National Churchill Museum, visit www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org.