The exhibition "Churchill and the Great Republic" was a great success. During its five months at the Library of Congress in 2004 it won widespread critical acclaim and was seen by nearly 105,000 visitors. The display drew the attention of a huge cross section, comprising everyone from the President of the United States, and members of Congress, to veterans, schoolchildren and tourists from all American States and many Nations of the globe. Here are a few comments from the visitors' books that capture the essence of what this wonderful collaboration achieved:
From the Chief Justice to the Supreme Court of a US State, "It is an excellent exhibition - reminding us of our important relationship with Great Britain - and our continuing good will and mutual assurance of support in difficult times".
From a Malaysian visitor, "A stunning exhibit. Very fine. Love the "multimedia", letters, cartoons, photos etc. The two video presentations especially effective and well placed. A history lesson of the most amiable kind".
From an 81 year old veteran, "This exhibition has been a wonderful rerun of many of the hazy events of my life and times".
And from a schoolchild in Chicago, "I really enjoyed all the pictures and quotes on Churchill. It helped re-enforce what I've learned on WW2 and even on the Russian Revolution. It helps to understand what I've read".
There are four Visitors Books of similar quotations. Yet, to quote Churchill, this is only "the end of the beginning". The exhibition is preserved in cyberspace on the website of the Library of Congress, and by the end of July the site had already received in excess of 160,000 hits.
For further information contact Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre (email: Director.Archives@chu.cam.ac.uk)