Winston Churchill’s Connection to a Small Midwestern Town

Winston Churchill’s Connection to a Small Midwestern Town

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Aired on June 6, 2024

In this World Footprints podcast, Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick explore the life and times of Winston Churchill, his impact on the world and his relationship with the small town of Fulton, Missouri (MO), population 12,500.

Tonya, Ian and Timothy Riley, Chief Curator of American’s National Churchill Museum, walk through the galleries of the Churchill Museum as Timothy unpacks some of the significant events in Churchill’s life.  The late British Prime Minister’s legacy is revealed in a collection of more than 10,000 objects, books, papers, speeches, and original documents in the Churchill Museum.

Timothy shares how Churchill found himself on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO where he gave his famous Iron Curtain speech and how the Churchill Museum came about.  He also explains how the Churchill Museum came to be.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

As we stroll through the museum, Timothy highlights some parallels between the geo-political tensions during Churchill’s days and what we’re seeing in the world today. He also explains what Churchill’s granddaughter has to do with the Berlin Wall that sits on the Museum’s grounds.

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Entry doors to Churchill Museum. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
Entry doors to Churchill Museum. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick


[00:29] Where the Winston Churchill story begins

[02:55] Gathering storm; The rise of Germany and the beginning of World War II

[08:04] The alliance of the big three

[09:27] A unique artifact displaying Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin

[12:13] World War II and V-E Day

[17:45] Sinews of Peace, the famous Iron Curtain speech

[21:12] St Mary Aldermanbury transitioned stone by stone

[24:57] The Berlin Wall and Churchill’s granddaughter

[28:24] Churchill’s wife

Plaque at the Churchill Museum. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
Plaque at the Churchill Museum. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Notable quotes of Winston Churchill

  • “It’s the alliance of the big three that brought victory and helped them leave great artifacts in the museum.”
  • “The freedom-loving democracies are sinews, and sinews are things that make us stronger and bind us together.”
  • “Military alliances are part of strength; if you don’t have some strength, your peace would be threatened.”
  • “Through negotiation, appropriate diplomacy, and military strength, we can break through barriers.”
  • “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”


America’s National Churchill Museum

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Fulton, Missouri

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