Sunday, October 26, 2014

Never Give In

What a week! Working at the museum is tough, but very rewarding. While looking for some exhibit materials, I stumbled upon a very interesting typewriter

I've never seen a Model 1 like this. It appears to be a machine used by the military in World War II. Specifically, it was used by a unit of the Missouri Guard. The controls are identical to my own Model 1, but the body and keys are made of different materials. Maybe a machine made during the war?

Not sure if this was used by the military, but it's a typer, so here it is!

I felt puny Friday night. After a good night's sleep, I decided to treat myself to the National Winston Churchill Museum in Fulton, just up the road.

Fulton, MO had a brief moment in the spotlight in 1946 when Sir Winston Churchill came with President Harry Truman to give a speech. It was the most famous one of his entire career.

This building was actually a church built in the 16th Century and then bombed during WWII.
It was sent here to America brick by brick for preservation and repair.

A carbon copy of the infamous words.


Sword of the Lord Mayor of London, made in the 17th Century.

Inside the church.

These letters between Churchill and his love, Clementine, were scattered throughout the museum.
It was very well done, giving you the chance to see how they felt and talked about issues.

Entering the trenches of WWI.

One thing I didn't know about was Churchill's artistic talent!
This is one of many paintings he did throughout his life, along with lots of writings.


A multi-screen timeline about the rise of Hitler.

A audio exhibit about the faux "peace in our time."
To activate it, you pull up on the red panel, like a guillotine...

This was an amazing exhibit! You enter and the radio starts playing reports from The Blitz.

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I started doing this as the BBC started talking about German bombers and the explosions chimed in the background.

The lectern and chair used by the man himself.

Cold War exhibit.

This was awesome! An entire room dedicated to Churchill's wit.
You sit down and a recording plays. Club patrons tell funny stories.
A different seat will get you a different story.
There are also monitors that you can use to read additional material.

A fragment of the Berlin Wall displayed outside.
Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Michail Gorbachev spoke in front of it.
I'm very glad I went. It was good for the soul. One can't study the life of a great man without wondering how you stack up, how you're own life is going to pan out, and what's your place in the world. I'm sure Winston didn't know, but did he ever want to know?

All and all, it was a great weekend!

Power to the pen, and never give in!

1 comment:

  1. What a fascinating place.

    It's interesting that Churchill's speech divides the lines up like poetry. Probably a cue for delivery. I should try that the next time I have to give a speech!