Welcome!

News Feed Item

New Exhibit at National Churchill Museum Spotlights the Close Relationship Between 'Political Soul Mates' Reagan and Thatcher, Just in Time for President's Day

Museum's executive director and internationally recognized Churchill historian Dr. Rob Havers available for commentary to journalists and educators

FULTON, Mo., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The special relationship between world leaders President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is explored in a new exhibit at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College. The exhibit, which opened in January, will be open on President's Day, Feb. 17, 2014 and runs through March 9.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140204/PH57982LOGO-a )

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140204/PH57982-b )

"Through the use of pictures and artifacts associated with these great leaders, we are able to trace the influences that developed their character and personalities, their early political lives, their partnership on domestic and foreign issues and their legacy," says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, and internationally known Churchill scholar.

Artifacts on display include photos, an American literature college essay written by Reagan, Reagan's honorary degree diploma from Westminster, gifts exchanged between their families, cowboy boots with the Presidential seal, a jelly bean clock, a satire piece with Reagan as Rhett Butler and Thatcher as Scarlett O'Hara, caricature teapots of Reagan and Thatcher, and more.

The exhibit was inspired by the research and newly published book, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan: A Very Political Special Relationship, by Dr. James Cooper, Senior Lecturer of History at Oxford Brookes University. He was the Fulbright Robertson Visiting Professor in British History at Westminster in 2012-2013.

Cooper draws the comparison that both world leaders emerged in the political arena as outsiders in their political parties at times of decline in their country's economies and a decline in world standing. Both espoused policies of less government intrusion, a conservative platform of lower taxes and balanced budgets and a firmer stance toward the Soviet Union.

The Museum, located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO, is the only North American institution devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Winston Churchill. The heart of the Museum is the magnificent 17th Century Christopher Wren Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, which was gutted during World War II and 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. MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews, who was present at the Museum's opening in 2006, 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 Museum stands a sculpture by Edwina Sandys, Churchill's granddaughter entitled "Breakthrough." Constructed from sections of the Berlin Wall, it commemorates 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.

The museum offers on-site and virtual education programs for students and teachers, including extensive background materials on the website as well as an annual speech contest for middle school students.

The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission prices are Adults-$7.50, Seniors, AAA and AARP-$6.50, College Students and Youth (12-18)-$5.50, Children (6-11)-$4.50, and Children (5 and under)-free. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchillmuseum.orgFacebook/ChurchillMuseum and Twitter @ChurchillMuseum

Note: Dr. Rob Havers is available to provide commentary on current events as a Churchill scholar.

Read more news from National Churchill Museum.

Rob Crouse
Email 
573-592-5019 or 573-291-9399

Allison Collinger
Email 
314-680-1583

 

SOURCE National Churchill Museum

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"A lot of times people will come to us and have a very diverse set of requirements or very customized need and we'll help them to implement it in a fashion that you can't just buy off of the shelf," explained Nick Rose, CTO of Enzu, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and micro services. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your contain...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Information technology (IT) advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status-quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before. So, how are savvy chief information officers (CIOs) leading this transition? Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market study that included the findings from over 1,800 CIO interviews ...
"Operations is sort of the maturation of cloud utilization and the move to the cloud," explained Steve Anderson, Product Manager for BMC’s Cloud Lifecycle Management, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. We've seen this problem occur time and time again. In his session at Big Data Expo, Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ...
"I think that everyone recognizes that for IoT to really realize its full potential and value that it is about creating ecosystems and marketplaces and that no single vendor is able to support what is required," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
"We got started as search consultants. On the services side of the business we have help organizations save time and save money when they hit issues that everyone more or less hits when their data grows," noted Otis Gospodnetić, Founder of Sematext, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his Day 2 Keynote at @ThingsExpo, Henrik Kenani Dahlgren, Portfolio Marketing Manager at Ericsson, discussed how to plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the...