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New Exhibit for 70th Anniversary of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech

Westminster College
The History Faculty

The National Churchill Museum is set to open a new exhibit called “'Sinews of Peace': Power of Prose” on Thursday showcasing Winston Churchill’s complete draft of his “Iron Curtain” speech. The speech was given 70 years ago in the Historic Gym of Westminster College in Fulton.

Timothy Riley, Director and Chief Curator of the museum, said this exhibit is one of many things planned for the 70th anniversary of the speech.

“We’re using the entire year to really lift up and celebrate the occasion,” said Riley.

The exhibit will allow visitors to see Churchill’s creative process as they look through 50 pages of the final draft of the “Iron Curtain” speech. The exhibit will also feature unseen correspondences between Churchill and President Harry Truman, as well as audio of the speech throughout the gallery.

“It’s a fascinating look at how Churchill prepared for what was a monumental address that really changed the course of the 20th century, right here, in Fulton, Missouri,” said Riley.

Professor of History at Westminster College Sam Goodfellow said he is interested to see how people will receive the new exhibit and speech.

“It’s always fascinating to see how people use Churchill from generation to generation,” said Goodfellow.

“’Sinews of Peace’: Power of Prose” will open Thursday, October 13 at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton.

Elena Rivera is a graduate student at the University of Missouri with a focus in radio reporting. She has reported and produced stories on arts and culture, education and mental health for KBIA. She received a B.A. in Communication and International Studies from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Before coming to KBIA, Elena worked as the Career Development Specialist for a North Carolina non-profit called Dress for Success Triangle, which helped unemployed and underemployed women find jobs.
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