Churchill: The Power of Words

June 8 through September 23, 2012
Photograph of Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill's impact upon the twentieth century is difficult to overestimate. A master orator and writer, Churchill's use of spoken and written words will be explored in this exhibition that covers more than a half century of his life—from Victorian childhood letters to his parents, to Cold War correspondence with President Eisenhower, and featuring some of his most famous wartime oratory. Drawn from the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the presentation uses drafts, speaking notes, personal and official correspondence, public statements, and recordings from some of his most compelling speeches and broadcasts as lenses to examine the main events in Churchill's life. Of particular focus will be Churchill's lifelong relationship with the United States, homeland of his Brooklyn-born mother, from first visit in 1895 to award of Honorary Citizenship in 1963; and the ways in which he used the written and spoken word to develop, complement and advance his political career.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Morgan and the Churchill Archives Centre have also launched DiscoverChurchill.org. The site, created to generate interest in Churchill among a younger audience and educators, features fun facts, videos, quotes, and links to Churchill-related content. Special gallery discussions for teens, designed and led by high school student Isaac Norwich, will be offered on Wednesdays throughout July and August. See the complete schedule and purchase tickets here.

This exhibition is made possible by a major gift from Dr. Anthony H. Wild and Anna Wild.

Generous support is provided by The Charina Endowment Fund, Tina Santi Flaherty, The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, and The J. M. Kaplan Fund.

Additional assistance is provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Robert Bradford and Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE; Castle Leslie Estate; Douglas N. Daft and Delphine Daft; Estate of Yousuf Karsh; National Trust, Chartwell; Sherri Parker Lee; Kenneth W. Rendell; Timothy N. Wallach; and Laura and Adrian Weller.

Thanks are due to the Churchill Family; Curtis Brown Ltd, London, on behalf of the Estate of Sir Winston Churchill; Heritage Lottery Fund; Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust; Dr. Andrew Roberts; The Hon. Edwina Sandys MBE; and Harold Burson.

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Winston Churchill, 1941
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