National Churchill Museum
Local members of the hospitality and tourism industry are invited to tour the National Churchill Museum for free during Travel and Tourism Week May 4-12.
"We wanted to give hotel, tourism, and restaurant staffs who have not experienced the wonderful exhibits yet at the National Churchill Museum the opportunity to see what a treasure we have right here in Central Missouri," says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum. "They are the ones that make recommendations to tourists passing through about where they should stop on their journey. Once they have toured the Museum, we believe they will tell visitors this is a 'must see' during their time in Missouri."
Those qualifying for free admission would include Chamber of Commerce and tourism officials; convention and visitor bureau officials and staff; destination marketing organizations; hotel, motel and bed and breakfast operators and their staffs; and restaurant owners and their staff.
Along with the fascinating permanent Churchill exhibits, visitors that week will be able to enjoy the International Watercolor Exhibition of 80 acclaimed paintings from around the world and those who come to the Museum on Thursday, May 9, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. will have the opportunity to enjoy the "Walking Alone: Songs of World War II" concert, an evening of songs, stories and insightful commentary about World War II by three professional actors, singers and musicians.
National Travel and Tourism Week has been announced as Mary 4-12. To take advantage of the free admission to the Museum, hospitality or tourism workers should just be able to show some identification that ties them to the travel and tourism industry such as an employee photo ID, pay stub or business card.
Leisure travel accounts for more than three-quarters of all trips taken in the United States. Travel is among the largest private sector employers in the country, supporting 14.4 million jobs in 2011.
That same year travel to and from the United States generated $1.9 trillion in economic output with $813 billion spent directly by travelers that spurred another$1.1 trillion in other industries.
According to the Missouri Division of Tourism, the state of Missouri has over 281,000 Missourians directly employed by tourism businesses.
Their figures also show Missouri has 36 million visitors to its state every year and $11 billion is spent on tourism-related activities.
"As these numbers attest, tourism is a vital source of economic activity in our state and we are pleased to help recognize what an important role it plays in the economic strength of our state as well as acknowledging the hospitality and tourism workers who help keep it such a significant industry," says Dr. Havers.
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.