Lecture: Winston in Washington

Lee Pollock, interim executive director, International Churchill Society

In early December 1900, a twenty-six-year-old British politician, newly elected to Parliament and in the midst of an extended tour of the United States, arrived by train in Washington, D.C. The visitor, Winston Spencer Churchill, was half-American, and his relationship with the country he called “The Great Republic” and its capital were critical to his career as Britain’s greatest Prime Minister. In sixty years in public life, he met presidents from William McKinley to John Kennedy, and developed deep relationships with some of the United States' most famous leaders, including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. Churchill’s extended sojourns in the White House during the Second World War were legendary, and he was the first foreign leader to address Congress three times, most famously in December 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Join historian Lee Pollock, interim executive director of the International Churchill Society, as he explores the fascinating story of “Winston in Washington.” 

This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. It is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. Free; no reservations required.