Adam Sommer l Visit Flyover Country l September 22, 2013

Located an easy two hours outside of St. Louis is the site of one of the twentieth century's most important historical events: Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech.  Officially named the "Sinews of Peace" the speech was given on the campus of Fulton, Missouri's Westminster College in 1946 and has become one of history's most famous speeches, orated by one of our greatest leaders, arguably marking the start of the Cold War!

Sir Winston Churchill traveled to Fulton, Missouri in 1946 to deliver his "Iron Curtain" speech

To mark this historic occasion, Westminster College has built an impressive collection of Churchill sites, artifacts, history, and education into what is now known as the National Churchill Museum.  The Museum sits below the Church of St. Mary, which was originally built in London in 1181 (rebuilt in 1666 & finally destroyed again in 1940 during WWII) and moved to Fulton in 1966.  The church itself is a gorgeous monument to Churchill (more on the Church of St. Mary later this week).

The Church of St. Mary with the National Churchill Museum entrance below

Ironically I recently visited the Churchill War Rooms in London, widely regarded as the finest collection of Winston Churchill history in the world.  The War Rooms themselves (which are original) are obviously one-of-a-kind and cannot be replicated, but the accompanying museum in London has been paralleled in Fulton but without the crowds and in a far more beautiful setting on the Westminster campus!

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“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill