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National Churchill Museum to Receive Missouri Humanities Council Award

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National Churchill Museum in Fulton MissouriThe National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO will be honored with the 2013 Missouri Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement in the humanities in Missouri this month by the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC).

This 2013 Award will be presented to Museum officials at the MHC's awards ceremony and reception, which will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Jefferson City, MO from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.

"Having our first Smithsonian exhibit on display at the Museum was truly exciting and we were overjoyed at the enthusiastic response it received from the public and amazed at the significant contributions made by so many to make the exhibition possible," says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum. "To be recognized so magnificently with this award as a result of those efforts is a great honor and we want to thank the Missouri Humanities Council for recognizing us."

Each year, MHC celebrates the accomplishments of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the understanding of Missouri, its people and its stories. The awards are based on nominations from colleagues, students, associates and the general public for outstanding contributions to the humanities in Missouri.

The Exemplary Community Achievement Award which the Museum will receive recognizes an individual or group who has made a special contribution to a community's understanding of and support for humanities-related endeavors on the local or state level.

The Museum was selected based on the great success of its first Smithsonian exhibit, "The Way We Worked," and the effective collaboration which it forged with area partners to present the exhibit.

"The cooperative efforts that the people of Callaway County - particularly the institutions, business, and organizations in the Fulton area -- made in preparing to host "The Way We Worked" were remarkable," says Geoff Giglierano, Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council. "What impressed us all was not just the way they worked together to create a local history exhibit that brilliantly augmented the traveling show, but also how they developed programming that explored the present and future of economic activity in their part of the state. Most importantly, they used this project as an opportunity to build foundations for future community collaboration."

A committee of city and local chamber officials, local historians, Westminster College staff and Museum personnel worked on the local exhibit components and additional public activities in relation to the exhibit for six months prior to its opening.

Adapted from the original exhibit developed by the National Archives in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian section of the exhibit shared the stories of how work became a central element in American culture and the many changes affecting the workforce and the work environment over the past 100 years.

The other section of the exhibit, The Kingdom at Work, was led by the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society with components added by the local labor training facilities and labor unions
and focused on the history of work in Callaway County and the surrounding area.

Partners on the exhibit included the City of Fulton, Westminster College, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce, Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society, Labor Education Program of the MU Extension Program, Fulton Area Development Corporation, Plumbers and Pipefitters 562, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers, United Union of Roofers, Water Proofers, and Allied Workers, Painters and Allied Trades, Sheet Metal Workers, Laborers Local 662 and Sprinkler Fitters Local 669.

The Callaway Chamber Annual Banquet, which paid tribute to the exhibit in January, was the largest crowd ever assembled in the Chamber's history for the banquet.

"The Way We Worked" was on display at the Museum February 11-March 10, 2012. This traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition was sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council's Museum on Main Street program. Missouri was the first state to receive the exhibit, which was on display at five additional Missouri cities during its tour.

Reservations for the MHC Awards Ceremony and Reception may be made by calling 800-357-0909. Tickets are $50 per person.

Founded in 1971, the Missouri Humanities Council serves to act as a catalyst for cultural organizations, helping them to connect with people and communities in dynamic ways that spark the deep excitement for story and learning that builds character, intellect and understanding. Their partnerships with cultural organizations include consultative training, mentoring, grants, exhibit tours, literature and other resources.

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.
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