Missouri's Churchill museum gains national clout

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | 5:54 p.m. CDT; updated 10:06 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 16, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A Winston Churchill museum on the campus of Westminster College has gained some national clout.

A resolution passed by the U.S. House declares it to be "America's National Churchill Museum."

The former British prime minister delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946 on the Westminster campus in Fulton. The speech warned of attempts by the Soviet Union to spread its communist control.

The Churchill museum is located underneath a 17th century London church that was moved stone-by-stone and rebuilt in Missouri. The campus also has a section of the former Berlin Wall and a bronze statue of Churchill.

The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and co-sponsored by the rest of Missouri's congressional delegation.

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