About Us & Activities

History of the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States was created to fulfill a mission.  It was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace. He imagined the ESU as an inclusive organization "founded in no narrow attitude of race pride, in no spirit of hostility to any people."  Its educational mission would be carried out by a host of activities allowing for personal contact between peoples at every level.

Sept. 3

A social will be held at the Lanier House at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Various Members will speak about their interests and involvement with the Branch. The social will begin at 5 PM.

Oct. 29

The Member meeting will be a brunch held at the downtown Capital City Club beginning at 11:30 to honor Dr. Manning Pattillo, our esteemed Chairman Emeritus, on his 100th Birthday. We also will have a speaker from Oglethorpe University to discuss the Dr. Manning Pattillo, Jr Scholarship Program at Oglethorpe that the Branch underwrites.

Nov. 11

Our past Board Chairman, Wesley Devoto OBE, will talk about the upcoming Brexit and the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Wesley has extensive business and personal ties to Great Britain. The meeting will be held in the Gould Room at St. Philips beginning at 7 PM.

Dec. 13

Once again Elizabeth and Jim Munson will host our annual Christmas party from 5 PM to 7 PM at their lovely home at 769 Old Ivy Road. An event not to be missed.

Feb. 8

Use the Tower of London invite that you have there.

Feb. 23

The Branch will host 30 or more area high school students at the Atlanta Shakespeare Theatre on Peachtree beginning at 1 PM. Co-chairs Diane and Randy Brannen have the event well organized. The winner goes to NYC to compete with winners from other ESUUS Branches in Lincoln Center.

May 7

Our Branch Treasurer, Edna Berkshire, will speak about her time in London during the Blitz. May 8 is the 75 anniversary of VE Day. The meeting will be held in the Gould Room at the Cathedral of St. Philip beginning at 7 PM.

June 13

The British Consul General will once again host our Annual Garden Party as we celebrate the 100th anniversary to the English-Speaking Union of the United States. The event is from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Our Activities


TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

Summer Internship at The Atlanta Shakespeare Company