The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will host lectures on the art and history of the Capitol, Congress, and Washington, D.C. on Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm. They are free and open to the public.
October 23: “Winston in Washington”
Lee Pollock, Trustee and Adviser to the Board, The International Churchill Society
Location: The National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC), First Level, 2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052 (enter the Gelman Library through side courtyard)
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 our 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; he was the first foreign leader to address Congress three times, most famously in December 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Not surprisingly, Winston Churchill is one of the few non-Americans honored with a bust in the United States Capitol.
Lee Pollock is an acclaimed writer, historian and public speaker on the life and times of Winston Churchill. He is a trustee and advisor to the board of The International Churchill Society and was previously its executive director; he is a fellow of The National Churchill Museum. Pollock has written about Churchill for publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal and The New Criterion to The Daily Beast and Cigar Aficionado.