Churchill Weekend Celebrates History
FULTON - Westminster College celebrated Churchill Weekend March with the annual Kemper Lecture series. British author Sir Max Hastings addressed the public in the Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury on the Westminster campus.
"We were honored to have Sir Max Hastings, journalist, war correspondent, and renowned historian and author," Westminster College President Barney Forsythe said. "He delivered an absolutely fabulous speech."
Sir Hastings tries to portray Churchill's involvement in war through his relationship with the British and American people.
March 5 marked the 65th anniversary of Churchill's famous Sinews of Peace speech in Fulton. This is commonly known as the "Iron Curtain Address."
"Churchill predicted that an iron curtain would descend across Europe. It would divide Eastern and Western Europe," Forsythe said.
Guests of the lecture also attended a book signing with Sir Hastings at the National Churchill Museum. Many brought a copy of Winston's War: Churchill 1940-1945.
Richmond McCluer, a Minnesota native, attended the lecture. McCluer's grandfather was president of Westminster College in 1946 when Churchill addressed the campus. He looked forward to the book signing.
"I've read other works by Sir Max Hastings, and it was a pleasure and honor to have the opportunity to meet him," McCluer said.
Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, feels that it is important to celebrate Westminster's history during Churchill Weekend.
"The National Churchill Museum is at the forefront of remembering Winston Churchill in this country. Anniversaries like the Iron Curtain Address are still relevant and contemporary," Havers said.
Westminster College has presented the Kemper Lecture series for the past 32 years.