April 23, 2004 Churchill Exhibition at Library of Congress Extended to July 10

Press Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940
Contact: View the exhibition online.

"Churchill and the Great Republic," a major exhibition that explores the life and career of Winston Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States, has enjoyed record–breaking attendance since it opened Feb. 5, and the exhibition will be extended to July 10. It was originally scheduled to close June 26.

The exhibition is on view in the Northwest Gallery of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Saturday.

"Churchill and the Great Republic" is presented at the Library in conjunction with the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, U.K., and includes more than 200 items, ranging from a letter written by Churchill's ancestor the Duke of Marlborough, in 1706, to handwritten notes passed between Churchill and Averell Harriman as they rode in a noisy bomber to the 1942 Churchill–Stalin conference. The display is the first comprehensive exhibition of Churchill material in the United States.

An expanded online version of "Churchill and the Great Republic," which allows the user to see complete letters and documents rather than only the one or two pages that can be displayed in the exhibition, is available on the Library's Web site at www.loc.gov/exhibits.

An illustrated brochure accompanies the exhibition, along with a 96–page softcover publication containing essays by Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill's official biographer; Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre; and Daun van Ee, historical specialist in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. The book, which is available for $19.95 in the Library's Sales Shop (credit card orders: 888-682-3557), also includes a preface by Mary Churchill Soames, the youngest and only surviving child of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

Gilbert, the co–author of the volume, will give a lecture on "Churchill and D-Day" at noon on Friday, April 30, in Room LJ–119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

The exhibition and its programming were made possible by John W. Kluge. Additional support was provided by the Annenberg Foundation. The accompanying publication and symposia were made possible by and produced in association with the Churchill Centre in Washington, D.C.


PR 04-078
ISSN 0731-3527