Ottawa, Nov 30—
It is nearly a century and a half since Churchill’s birth. Tonight Richard Langworth considers Churchill’s standing in history and culture, with special emphasis on Canada. Why is Churchill still so often quoted and written about? The reasons are compelling, the record lasting. For event details kindly contact the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa.
In 1968 Richard Langworth founded the Churchill Study Unit and its journal, Finest Hour. In the 1980s he developed a worldwide organization devoted to understanding and appreciating Churchill’s life and times. Five years ago he joined Hillsdale College as Senior Fellow for the Churchill Project, an endowed center of Churchill Studies in North America. In 1998, Her Majesty the Queen appointed him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, citing “services to Anglo-American relations and the memory of Sir Winston Churchill.”
In 2019, Hillsdale completes the final volume of Churchill’s official biography. The largest biography in history, it began under Randolph Churchill fifty-six years ago. Hillsdale also houses the Sir Martin Gilbert Papers, and sponsors Churchill seminars, publications, tours and online courses. The College is certified as a charity by Revenue Canada as well as the IRS.
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In 1990 Richard Langworth published the first American edition of Churchill’s India. Later he produced ten more Churchill books. They include: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill (1998). Churchill by Himself (2008). The Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill (2009). The Patriot’s Churchill (2010). All Will Be Well: Good Advice from Winston Churchill (2011). Churchill in His Own Words (2012). Churchill and the Avoidable War (2015). Winston Churchill: Myth and Reality (2016). His current project is expanding Churchill by Himself by adding hundreds of new quotations, inspired by his work with the Hillsdale volumes.
Richard and Barbara Langworth have hosted eleven Churchill Tours in England, Scotland, France and Australia. They were Churchill specialist booksellers for twenty years. In March Langworth lectures at Hillsdale on “Churchill in the Movies.” In June he is a speaker on the Hillsdale College cruise around Britain during the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
In addition to his Churchill work, Richard was an editor at Automobile Quarterly (1970-75) and Car Collector (1976). He has written or co-authored more than sixty books and 2000 articles on automotive history. A graduate of Wagner College, he is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.
—Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa, Ontario