The National Churchill Museum will be the recipient of the Gateway Global Leadership Award in December.
According to a news release by the museum, the award recognizes three individuals and an organization demonstrating an "outstanding commitment" to connecting the St. Louis region to the world. The award will be presented to museum representatives at the second Gateway Globe Awards Ceremony on Dec. 5 in St. Louis.
"It's really an honor to be in the same group with the individuals who are being recognized," said Tim Riley, the museum's Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout director and chief curator.
Other award recipients include George Herbert Walker III, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary; Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis; and Joel Glassman, director emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. This is the first time the museum has received this honor, Riley said.
Riley said this award is the perfect "capstone" to 2019 as the museum has been celebrating its 50th anniversary. He said upon learning about the award last week, he was happy for all of the
volunteers and workers at the museum: All their hard work is being recognized.
"I think every year we are very aware of our special relationship with Europe, the U.K. and Winston Churchill's legacy. It's something we preserve and promote, always," Riley said. "I think as we continue to educate, inform and inspire the next generation of students, they're really seeing Winston Churchill's legacy in a global perspective."
America's National Churchill Museum opened in May 1969 to memorialize Churchill's speech delivered there 73 years ago. The awards are sponsored by Emerson and the St. Louis Regional International Partnership. The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Coronado in St. Louis.
"This distinguished award belongs to all those who support our effort to ensure that the study of the past remains relevant to present and future generations," Riley said.