With these words Harry Truman added a handwritten post-script to the letter of invitation to Churchill from Westminster College. Churchill, of course, accepted and the rest is history!
Today, Westminster College is a private, co-educational, liberal arts College in Fulton, Missouri. Dedicated to preparing its graduates to become leaders of character through a values-centered education, the College emphasizes integrity, fairness, respect and responsibility.
In 1946, an extraordinary confluence of circumstances brought Winston Churchill to Westminster College as the seventh Green Lecturer and recipient of an honorary degree. Churchill's lecture - universally known as the "Iron Curtain" speech - became one of his most famous and helped to define international affairs in the second half of the twentieth century.
In 1961, friends of Westminster College and the St. Louis Chapter of the English Speaking Union began a conversation in the office of College President Robert L. D. Davidson that would lead to the establishment of the Winston Churchill Memorial & Library. College Trustee Neal Wood agreed to chair the project committee that would ultimately bring a bombed-out Christopher Wren church from London to Fulton, MO to house the memorial and to serve as the College chapel.
Come and explore Churchill's Life of Leadership and his journey to Fulton. Visit the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury and learn the story of its transformation.
"It was my ambition all my life to be master of the spoken word."
The Green Lecture, established in 1936, is a memorial to John Findley Green, a St. Louis attorney who graduated from Westminster in 1884. The lecture provides the occasion for person "of international reputation" to promote understanding of economic and social problems of international concern.
Winston Churchill was the seventh Green Lecturer. He was preceded and succeeded by individuals that cumulatively represent an enduring legacy of thoughtful consideration of international issues.
The Green Lecture is the most distinguished, but not the only, occasion for world leaders to speak at Westminster College. Former President Ronald Reagan spoke at the dedication of the "Breakthrough" sculpture outside the Churchill Memorial in November 1990.
The Crosby Kemper Lectureship, establish in 1979, created an alliance between the British Institute of the United States and the Winston Churchill Memorial & Library. The lectureship brings authorities on British history or Sir Winston Churchill to the Memorial. The official biographer of Churchill, Martin Gilbert, gave the inaugural lecture in 1981.