ST. LOUIS, MO. – The 2014-2015 Winston Churchill World War II Film Series is being presented at the Central Library at 1301 Olive Street in St. Louis, MO.
All film showings are free to the public in the Central Library auditorium at 1:15 p.m. and are presented by the St. Louis Public Library and the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO.
Kit Freudenberg, Interim Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, will introduce each film and if there is audience interest, lead a discussion following the showing. Library staff will recommend books, DVDs, and CDs related to the film which can be checked out.
This year’s film series includes:
7/13/14 The Great Escape
9/7/14 The Dambusters
10/5/14 The Longest Day
11/2/14 The Memphis Belle
12/7/14 Went the Day Well?
2/1/15 The Battle of Britain
3/10/15 Das Boot
4/12/15 The Cruel Sea
5/3/15 The Battle of the Bulge (five days before Victory in Europe Day-May 8, 1945)
The 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 Churchill. The heart of the Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruin from German bombings during World War II. This beautiful house of worship was brought stone by stone from England to Westminster and restored on campus in 1969.
Beneath the Church is a state-of-the-art Museum that combines interactive technology to tell Churchill’s story through sight, sound and touch. In 2006, Chris Matthews, MSNBC commentator, was present at the opening of this new $4 million exhibition and said its ability to bring history to life in a dynamic, stimulating fashion was incredible and that it rivaled that of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Adjacent to the National Churchill Museum stands a sculpture by Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, entitled “Breakthrough,” which was constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the demise of the “Iron Curtain” that Sir Winston had predicted. Visitors may also enjoy the historic gymnasium where Churchill delivered his world famous “Iron Curtain Speech” in 1946 on another part of campus.
The National Churchill Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every first Thursday of the month observes extended hours until 7 p.m. Regular admission prices are Free to Members, Adults-$7.50, Seniors-$6.50, College Students and Youth-$5.50, Children (6-11)-$4.50, and Children (5 and under)-free. For more information about the National Churchill Museum, visit www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org.