The story of how Churchill came to Fulton is fascinating. He accepted the opportunity to speak because the college president passed the invitation on to a Westminster graduate who worked for President Truman (who was a native of Missouri). Truman added his personal note at the bottom of the invitation offering to introduce Churchill, and it was accepted.
Fulton was only 15 minutes off Interstate 70, and easy to find. Once we got there I wasn't sure what to look for, but we followed the signs and found the museum complex tucked right into the college campus. The first thing you see is the Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury, which has an interesting history. It dates from the 12th century, was destroyed during the Great Fire of London, and redesigned by Christopher Wren. That building was damaged during the London Blitz of World War II. In the 1960s it was moved stone by stone and reconstructed on the Westminster campus.
The museum is located beneath the church, and tells the story of Churchill's life. You walk from room to room, where the information is organized chronologically. I especially enjoyed the "Blitz" room; which had background sounds from a London air raid. When we were finished in the museum, we walked up a winding staircase to the church building, which now serves as the College’s chapel. The church's interior features had been beautifully restored. There was also a nice collection of vestments and related items on display in the back.
When we left the building we stopped by the "Breakthrough" sculpture outside the church, which is formed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall by Edwina Sandys, the granddaughter of Winston Churchill. In the plaza behind the sculpture there was a student event going on. A band was setting up, and one of the tents featured life size cardboard cutouts of President Obama and Mitt Romney. Somehow that seemed appropriate.