Churchill’s Great-Grandchildren & Kemper Lecturer Paul Reid on Campus for Churchill Weekend

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Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandchildren, Randolph Churchill and Jennie Churchill Repard, will pay their first visit to Westminster College to see where the famous “Iron Curtain” speech was delivered and visit the National Churchill Museum for Churchill Weekend March 1-2.

They will be joined by acclaimed Churchill biographer Paul Reid, who will deliver the annual Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Lecture  at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 2, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. Reid will speak on “Churchill, A Portrait of Leadership.”  The Kemper Lecture is free and open to the public.

The Churchill descendants will hold a media availability from 3:30-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, in the National Churchill Museum.  Members of the general public are invited to attend as well.

The Kemper Lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing by Reid in the Museum where he will be available for media.

Other Churchill Weekend activities include the Churchill Fellows Dinner on Saturday evening, March 1 and the “Ask the Churchill Expert’s Brunch” at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 2, in the Backer Dining Hall of the Mueller Leadership Hall.  Anyone interested in attending the Churchill Fellows Dinner should R.S.V.P. before Feb. 19.  Guests may R.S.V.P. for both the dinner and the brunch online by going to http://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/churchillweekend.html or by contacting Meda Young at 573.592.5602.

Reid, a former feature writer for The Palm Beach Post, completed The Last Lion: William Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, the long anticipated third volume of William Manchester’s best-selling biography of Sir Winston Churchill.  Manchester, who was in ill health at the time, asked Reid to complete this project once year before his death in 2004.

The Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Lectureship was established in 1979 by a grant from the Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Foundation of Kansas City, MO.  The series is intended to provide lectures by authorities on British History or Sir Winston Churchill at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO.  The established Lectureship is held under the auspices of the British Institute of the United States and the National Churchill Museum.

The inaugural lecture in the Kemper Lecture series was given by Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Churchill.

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