Archive for November 24th, 2014

MAYI come from a family of post-Thanksgiving dinner game players. Traditionally, the gathered family splinters into camps – some go for a walk, other start to clean dishes, while others prep for dessert or watch some football. But inevitably, we all come back together – well for dessert – but also to play a game or two.

This year I found a twist on the good old board game – a puzzle! I can imagine the whole family gathered around the table piecing together The Mayflower Passengers Puzzle I found from Bob’s Your Uncle.

About The Mayflower Passengers Puzzle: “550 piece puzzle featuring photography by Michele Yeeles. This picture is of a community notice board on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the town where the Mayflower ship first arrived in 1620. Puzzle size is 18” x 24”.

Ok, well maybe note, but it is a nice thought.

Find the Mayflower Passengers Puzzle from Bob’s Your Uncle here.

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ChurchThere is an old parlor game where you go around the room and ask each person which three people from history – living or dead – they would like to have dinner with. When I am asked this question, two of the three change. I go from Orson Welles to Charles Lindbergh to Better Davis to Harry Truman – there are just so many. However, one of the three is always Winston Churchill.

I am a lifelong fan of the great man and when I arrived here in Kansas City, I was thrilled to discover that the National Churchill Museum is located in nearby Fulton, MO. The dead center of the United States may seem like an odd place for such a museum, however, Fulton is the home of Westminster College, site of one of Churchill’s most enduring post-war speeches where he coined the term The Iron Curtain which characterized the Cold War and the global environment that dominated most of the second half of the 20th Century.

About the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO: “In 1946 it was at Westminster College that Winston Churchill delivered one of the most significant speeches of his long and illustrious career. That address, formally entitled, The Sinews of Peace, but best known for that evocative phrase, ‘An Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent’, effectively marked the beginning of the Cold War and linked, forever, Fulton and Westminster College with Winston Churchill. In the 1960s Westminster College set out to mark what would be the 20th anniversary of Churchill’s visit. After due consideration to traditional modes of commemoration, Westminster College settled on the rather more ambitious notion of moving a Christopher Wren designed Church from London. This Church, St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, had stood in London since 1677 when it replaced an earlier structure that had sat on the same site since the 12th century. This magnificent building, badly damaged during the London Blitz, was moved stone by stone to Westminster’s campus and rebuilt to Wren’s original specifications. Beneath this Church is the National Churchill Museum itself which, through the imaginative and innovative use of technology, brings to life the story of Winston Churchill and the world he knew. Recently rebuilt from the ground up, the new displays and the permanent exhibition, together with a host of associated historical and cultural activities that support it, was recognized by the United States Congress as America’s permanent tribute to this great man and formally designated as America’s National Churchill Museum.”

The National Churchill Museum is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the man and is well worth the trip. I am always pleased to fine places like this museum that presents history in a way that makes it relevant and alive for new generations.

The National Churchill Museum is located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO.