Author of Book on Churchill's Speech to Lecture at National Churchill Museum
National Churchill Museum
Those seeking the most details ever revealed surrounding Sir Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech should plan to attend a free public lecture by Philip White, the author of a recent book on the subject, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, sponsored by the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO.
“Philip gives a fascinating description of how the events unfolded before and during the day that the eyes of the entire world turned to our small Midwestern college for Churchill to deliver a message that would dominate and define the history of the world for the last half of the 20th century,” says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum. “His analysis of the impact of the speech on the world at the time and our world today is equally engaging.”
Churchill himself called the lecture “his most famous speech.”
Historians today emphasize the courage and strength of conviction Churchill demonstrated on this occasion in speaking out against the tide of popular opinion about America’s future relations with the Soviet Union. The insight of his message that “an Iron Curtain has descended” prophesized the Soviet expansionist policy which would challenge the free world for the rest of the century and cemented his place in history as one of the greatest world leaders of his time.
White from Olathe, KS will discuss his book, Our Supreme Task: How Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech Defined the Cold War Alliance, on the Westminster College campus where Churchill actually delivered the momentous address. A book signing will follow the lecture.
White conducted much of his research at the National Churchill Museum. The book provides the most detailed account ever written of the background events that led up to Churchill coming to Fulton, his day in Fulton and the consequences of his “Iron Curtain” speech.
According to White, Churchill recognized that the invitation to speak which Churchill received
“was not merely a letter from a president of some obscure college…With Truman’s involvement and the full attention of the U.S. and British media, such an engagement would be the perfect opportunity to share his grave concerns about Communism and the potential solutions that had percolated since [his] election defeat.”
The book has received positive reviews with Kirkus Reviews calling it “a small slice of history charmingly retold” and the Washington Times dubbing White “a historian to watch.”
Jesse Kornbluth, writer of a literary review blog called Head Butler says: “By reporting this event from every angle, Philip White builds the story of an unemployed world leader giving a talk at an obscure Missouri college into high drama. Churchill would have loved this book.”
Born in Dorset, England, White graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2004 from MidAmerica Nazarene University where he regularly guest lectures today. He is a regular contributor to the publications of The Historical Society at Boston University.
His business writing has been recognized with awards from Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. He has appeared on the “Fox & Friends” show on Fox News and KCTV5.
To honor America’s veterans, admission to all Museum activities for veterans is free on the day of the lecture, November 11, since it is Veterans Day.
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
. Or for more information about Westminster College, visit www.westminster-mo.edu