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2019 ESU Annual Conference

New OrleansThe English-Speaking Union welcomes its members to Washington, DC, for the 2019 ESU Annual Conference. The conference will set the stage for and represent the kick-off for the Centennial of the English-Speaking Union, which will take place during 2020. The conference will include the ESU 2019 Annual General Meeting, social events including receptions and meals, breakout sessions, panel discussions and local tours and museum visits as well as updates and camaraderie to advance our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants.

Conference Registration Fee is $600 - Register online here. 

Our conference venue will be the Cosmos Club (left), 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW, (Embassy Row near Dupont Circle) and the newly opened National Churchill Library & Center, 2130 H St NW, Gelman Library at George Washington University. See Schedule of Events (over).

A limited number of accommodations are available at the Cosmos Club from $199 and up plus taxes. To reserve a room, please call Mr. Mbaye Ndour at 1-202-387-7783 by September 30, 2019 and mention the English-Speaking Union room block.

We also have a block of rooms reserved across the street at The Fairfax at Embassy Row at a special rate of $199 per night plus taxes. To book a room, please call 1-855-559-8899 or 1-202-293-2100 by September 30, 2019, when the room block will expire.

This year, we will honor and celebrate our National Patrons at a special High Tea on Saturday afternoon, November 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It will take place at the DACOR Bacon House (right), an historic residence located at 1801 F Street, NW. Built in 1825, it has been adapted as office space and clubhouse for the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR) organization.

Museum & Cultural Tours

FRIDAY: US Capitol and / or Folger Library
SATURDAY: National Museum of African American History and Culture and / or Tudor Place
MONDAY: Cultural Day Trip to Mount Vernon (optional)

Added BONUS just for ESU Members

Attend the Thursday, October 31 sessions of the 36th INTERNATIONAL CHURCHILL CONFERENCE at the Georgetown Marriott. Free tickets are very limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Preliminary Schedule of Events


36th International Churchill Conference The International Churchill Society has offered 20 free tickets for any ESU members who wish to attend the Thursday, Oct 31st sessions, including breakfast and lunch. All sessions will take place at the Georgetown Marriott ballroom. For details, visit: To claim tickets for Thursday's sessions, on a first-come-first served basis, call Karen Blair Brand at 814-237-7033.


Cultural Day Trip to Mount Vernon Join us on a tour of US history, a tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon home and the grounds on the Potomac River. Enjoy an elegant lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn. Then take an insider's tour of the Fred Smith Library that is not open to the public, but only open to scholars who want to research George Washington and Colonel America. This library is also known as George Washington's Presidential Library.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (Cosmos Club)

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

National Board
of Directors Meeting
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Lunch on Own

Tours: U.S. Capitol
and/or Behind the Scenes
at Folger Library
1:00, 1:10 PM and 3:00 PM,  3:10 PM

Welcome Reception
Great Hall, Cosmos Club
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Welcome Dinner
Members Dining Room, Cosmos Club
8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (National Churchill Library & Center, George Washington University)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Tour of National Churchill
Library & Center
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Plenary Session
ESU Centennial Preparations
10:30 AM to 12:00 noon

Exploring Sir Evelyn Wrench's Legacy
with Light Lunch
12:30 noon to 1:30 pm

Tours: National Museum of
African American History
and Culture and /or Tudor Place
1:30 and 2:00 PM

National Patrons High Tea
DACOR Bacon House
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Reception at Indian Embassy
Indian Embassy
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Light Dinner Organized by
the ESU Regional Chairs
Willard Hotel
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (Cosmos Club)

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Annual General Meeting
Crentz Room, Cosmos Club
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Lunch — Warne Ballroom
12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM

Branch-led Breakout Sessions
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks
Centennial Conference Plans
Crentz Room, Cosmos Club
4:15 PM to 5:00 PM

Farewell Reception
Private Georgetown Residence
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Additional Activities
To Be Announced