Churchill +144: Perspective of History, Ottawa, 30 November 2018

Churchill +144: Perspective of History, Ottawa, 30 November 2018

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

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