The Churchill Centre aims to foster leadership, statesmanship, vision and courage among people worldwide, by sharing and teaching the words, works and deeds of Winston Churchill.
Established in 1994 as the successor to the International Churchill Society of the United States, this umbrella organisation for the Churchill enthusiast is dedicated to educating new generations on the leadership and statesmanship of Churchill. With branches throughout the United States, and organisations in Australia, Canada, Israel, Portugal and the UK (see above), the Centre combines being a membership organisation with charitable programmes and conferences. Following an appeal by Lady Soames, who was the Patron of the Churchill Centre until her death in June 2014, over six hundred people around the world became Founding Members of the Churchill Centre.
The Churchill Centre is active in promoting its mission to educate new generations on Churchill and his leadership - it sponsors an International Churchill Conference and numerous regional events; Churchill tours in Britain, Australia, France, South Africa and Morocco; academic symposia; student seminars; and the periodic Churchill Lecture, in which prominent world figures apply Churchill’s experience to today’s issues. With grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Centre has conducted highly praised seminars for high school teachers in the USA and UK, to aid their appreciation and use of Churchill's story in their local curricula.
Since the Hon. Caspar Weinberger’s Churchill, An Uncomfortable Hero in 1986, the Churchill Centre has been active in publishing, making this and many others available to the public through The Churchill Book Club. The Centre also publishes the quarterly Finest Hour, which includes all conference and other event proceedings, as well as periodic newsletter Chartwell Bulletin.
The international headquarters are in Chicago, USA.