HISTORY MAKING MOMENTS AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE AND CHURCHILL MUSEUM HELP PUT FULTON ON LIST OF “10 COOLEST SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA”
National Budget Travel Magazine Urges Travelers to Seek Out the Hidden Treasures of Fulton
FULTON, MO, July 15, 2019 – The long list of history-making moments and world leader visits to Westminster College and the impressive landmark, America’s National Churchill Museum, were the major factors that landed the city of Fulton on the 2019 list of “10 Coolest Small Towns in America.”
Cities are evaluated and selected for the list annually by Budget Travel, which just released its 2019 list.
Associate Editor of Budget Travel Maya Stanton begins her homage to Fulton by saying the small, private, liberal arts college “in central Missouri seems an odd location for landmark, history-making moments, but Fulton’s Westminster College has seen more than its share of elite action.”
Her article cites the impressive list of former presidents and prime ministers who have spoken on campus and singles out Sir Winston Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” or “Iron Curtain” speech and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s lecture announcing the end of the Cold War as two of the extraordinary events Westminster has hosted.
She discusses the magnificent restoration of the 17th-century Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury on campus and the riches to be found by visitors who view the state-of-the-art exhibits of America’s National Churchill Museum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Stanton also lauded the campus’s standout sculpture Breakthrough, which was created by internationally acclaimed artist Edwina Sandys from eight panels of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Sandys is the granddaughter of Clementine and Winston Churchill.
“Bold. Visionary. Prescient. These are all words used to describe Winston Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ speech at Westminster College,” said Timothy Riley, Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of America’s National Churchill Museum. “It looks like we can now add ‘cool’ to the lexicon. Those of us who live and work here, and those who in record number visit the Museum, see it day-in and day-out—know our community is a gem.”
Some of the other Fulton attractions mentioned in the article include the downtown Brick District, Sault’s Drug Store soda fountain, the homes of famed Missouri architect Morris Frederick Bell, and the Morels & Microbrews Festival.
The nine other cities that made Budget Travel’s list of “coolest small towns” include Provincetown, MA; Pacific Grove, CA; Park City, UT; Saranac Lake, NY; Milledgeville, GA; Bastrop, TX; Lanesboro, MN; Seward, AK; and Bath, ME.
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About America’s National Churchill Museum
America’s National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO is the only North American institution fully devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Winston Churchill, the 20th century’s greatest statesman. The museum was established in 1969 on the Westminster campus, where Churchill delivered his famous Sinews of Peace speech, often called his Iron Curtain speech, on March 5, 1946, at Westminster.
The heart of the Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruins from German bombings during World War II. The gutted church was disassembled and its 7,000 stones were shipped, railed, and trucked from London to the Westminster campus where it was reconstructed according to Wren’s original plans. This beautifully restored house of worship is the home of America’s National Churchill Museum as designated by the U.S. Congress.
For more information about Westminster College or America’s National Churchill Museum, visit www.wcmo.edu or www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org or on Facebook/Churchill Museum and Twitter @ChurchillMuseum.