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British Day for Polo Matches at Oak Brook

Join us for an afternoon of
Pimm's and Polo
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
(Rain Date August 24th)
Oak Brook Polo Grounds

$125 per person inclusive of VIP access,
drinks and buffet lunch

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Sackville- West and the Story of Knole

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Interior, Knole Castle, England

Evening lecture, co-sponsored with The Royal Oak Foundation, with Robert Bertrand Sackville-West, 7th Baron Sackville, a British publisher, author and guardian of Knole in Kent, which has been a Sackville house for 400 years.


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The Literary Churchill

Join the ESU for a book signing with the award winning author, Johna than Rose. The newly released The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor by Johnathan Rose. Mr. Rose's book introduces a Winston Churchill we have not known before. Award-winning author Jonathan Rose explores in tandem Churchill's careers as statesman and author, revealing the profound influence of literature and theater on Churchill's personal, carefully composed grand story and on the decisions he made throughout his political life. Please look for details of Johnathan Rose's visit on October 30th.

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New Year's Eve

English Regency Theme
White Tie and Black Tie
RSVP by December 1st, 312-772-3782
The Casino
Tuesday, December 31st, 2014


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The Honorable Simon Howard Chairman, Castle Howard Estate, Ltd.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Co-Sponsored Lecture with The Royal Oak Foundation
Castle Howard - 300 Years of Tradition and Change
The Casino 195 East Delaware Pl | 6:30 PM

The Hon. Simon Howard is Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. He is the third son of the late Lord Howard of Henderskelfe. Called back to Yorkshire in 1979 to supervise the filming of Brideshead Revisited, he became Managing Director of the Estate, and in 1984 became Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. on the death of his father.

Join The Hon. Simon Howard as he lectures about Castle Howard and gives a visual personal tour of the house and its extraordinary landscape with temples, lakes, and fountains. Mr. Howard will talk about the generations of his family who have contributed to the house's rich history. He also will describe modern living at Castle Howard and the ongoing preservation and restoration projects that will ensure its survival into the future.

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The English-Speaking Union

Chicago Branch

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