Marshall Plan Speech Exhibit Joins Google Cultural Institute
U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall’s address that launched the promise of economic assistance to Europe following World War II has become a featured addition to the Google Cultural Institute.
A project of the Marshall Foundation, the Marshall Plan exhibit incorporates the audio recording of Marshall’s address at Harvard Univ. in June 1947 along with the actual reading copy of his remarks and many powerful photos of the post-World War II Europe that express the devastation and suffering of millions of people. The online Google exhibit includes other materials from the Foundation’s archives that illustrate the reach of Marshall Plan aid. You can access the exhibit at: http://goo.gl/HdJWRt
You may be especially interested in watching the video that’s embedded in the exhibit that combines the audio recording with photographs depicting the state of collapse in Europe.
In January 1947, U. S. President Harry Truman appointed George Marshall, the architect of victory during WWII, to be Secretary of State. Writing in his diary on January 8, 1947, Truman said, “Marshall is the greatest man of World War II….We'll have a real State Department now.”
In just a few months, State Department leadership under Marshall crafted the Marshall Plan concept, which George Marshall shared with the world in his speech at Harvard. Officially known as the European Recovery Program (ERP), the Marshall Plan was intended to rebuild the economies and spirits of western Europe, primarily. Marshall was convinced the key to restoration of political stability lay in the revitalization of national economies. Further he saw political stability in Western Europe as a key to blunting the advances of communism in that region.
Sixteen nations, including Germany, became part of the program and shaped the assistance they required, state by state, with administrative and technical assistance provided through the Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA) of the United States. European nations received nearly $13 billion in aid (equal to $148 billion in 2013 dollars), which initially resulted in shipments of food, staples, fuel and machinery from the United States and later resulted in investment in industrial capacity in Europe. Marshall Plan funding ended in 1951.
Marshall Plan nations were assisted greatly in their economic recovery. From 1948 through 1952 European economies grew at an unprecedented rate. Trade relations led to the formation of the North Atlantic alliance. Economic prosperity led by coal and steel industries helped to shape what we know now as the European Union.
The exhibit was prepared by Marshall Foundation Archivist Jeffrey Kozak and Library Director Paul Barron. Google Cultural Institute uses technology to display art, archives, heritage sites and other material for people to explore online. The site currently supports nearly 350 collections from 54 different countries.
The George C. Marshall Foundation, located in Lexington, Virginia, preserves, protects and promotes the example of George Marshall. It is the only place where the principles that motivated Marshall are kept alive through educational programs, online presence and facilities that include a museum, research library, and archives.
Foundation to Host Middle East Lecture
Middle East expert Mona Yacoubian will discuss the current state of affairs in the Middle East on Oct. 2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Pogue Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge.
Titled “Keeping the ‘Arab Spring’ Alive: Important Insights for Supporting the Arab Transitions,” her lecture will include a recap of the Pathways to Progress project she directs for the Stimson Center and the Marshall Foundation. The Pathways project held its first international conference in Tunis in June to bring together business and government leaders in north Africa to address “Economic Integration in the Maghreb” using key tenets of the Marshall Plan as a focal point for discussing regional economic issues.
A reception in the recently refurbished and refurnished Marshall Library will follow Yacoubian’s lecture. Call or write Leigh McFaddin at (540) 463-7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 26 with acceptances.
Before joining the Stimson Center staff in Washington to direct Pathways to Progress, Yacoubian served as a senior program officer for the Middle East at the United States Institute of Peace’s (USIP) Center for Conflict Management, where she provided analysis and policy advice on the Middle East and North Africa. She directed USIP’s Lebanon Working Group and also contributed to USIP’s ongoing work on Syria and the Arab Spring.
Yacoubian has worked on a broad range of issues in the region, including democratization and civil society promotion as well as counterterrorism strategy. She has consulted for a number of organizations, including the World Bank, the Department of State, RAND Corporation, and Freedom House. From 1990 to 1997, she served as the North Africa analyst in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where she focused on the crisis in Algeria.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), she is a frequent commentator on leading US and international news outlets. She was a Fulbright scholar in Syria and an international affairs fellow at CFR, where she published a monograph titled “Algeria’s Struggle for Democracy.” Yacoubian earned a B.A. in public policy from Duke University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The recent Arab uprisings marked the beginning of a major transformation in the Arab world. The region’s tumultuous transitions are marked by a shifting political landscape, significant economic challenges, and evolving security threats. These momentous developments elevate the importance of understanding of the complex dynamics propelling the change as well as innovative policy solutions to the daunting challenges.
Marshall Papers Project Receives Two Prestigious Awards
The George C. Marshall Foundation project that has produced six volumes of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall has been recognized for editorial excellence by two prestigious organizations.
Volume 6 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall published in early 2013 that highlights engagements, alliances, and the “Marshall Plan” during Marshall’s years as secretary of state received the Arthur S. Link–Warren F. Kuehl Prize for Documentary Editing. It was presented recently in San Francisco at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations luncheon during the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.
The Link–Kuehl Prize is awarded for outstanding collections of primary source materials in the fields of international or diplomatic history, especially those distinguished by the inclusion of commentary designed to interpret the documents and set them within their historical context.
The Association for Documentary Editing presented the 2013 Lyman H. Butterfield Award for significant contributions in documentary editing, teaching, and service to the Marshall Papers Project. The Papers Project represents not only high editorial standards, but volumes that, in the words of a reviewer in the Journal of American History, “read virtually as a narrative.”
The Butterfield Award recognizes the work of the late Larry Bland, who served as editor of the first five volumes of the series until his unexpected death in 2007 as well as the work of former associate editor Sharon Ritenour Stevens who died in August 2013.
The new project team, led by Mark Stoler and Dan Holt that completed volume 6, has maintained the high standards of Bland and Stevens. They will bring the project to completion with publication of the final volume in 2015.
The current editor, Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D., is a distinguished military and diplomatic historian who wrote the acclaimed biography of Marshall, George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century. Managing editor Daniel D. Holt, who recently retired as director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, is an expert in the era to be covered in the remaining volume. Mame Warren, previously director for Hopkins History Enterprises at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, is senior assistant editor along with Anne Wells who continues her work on the project. Greg Franke and Joanne Hartog round out the staff, serving as assistant editors.
When completed, the Marshall Papers project will result in a seven-volume set of the edited papers of George C. Marshall. Volumes 1 through 6 have been published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Copies are available at the Marshall Museum Shop and at major libraries. The online digital formats of volumes 1 through 5 are posted on our web site. Volume 6 will be posted online within the next year.
Former Marshall Papers Associate Editor Sharon Stevens Dies
Sharon Rebecca Ritenour Stevens, former associate editor of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, died Friday, August 9, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was 63.
A graduate of Bridgewater College, Stevens received an MA in history from James Madison University. She joined the staff of the Marshall Foundation in 1978 as assistant editor for the Marshall Papers. She and Editor Larry Bland produced five volumes of the Marshall Papers. She retired from the Marshall Foundation in 2012.
Highly respected in the field of documentary editing, Stevens received the Philip M. Hamer award from the Society of American Archivists. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Documentary Editors (ADE) in 1986. She also received the Lyman H. Butterfield Award, the ADE’s highest award, and the ADE Life Service Award. Stevens taught at the ADE’s Editing Institute and served as a mentor for many young documentary editors.
Stevens was the co-author of a book on Lexington and VMI with Alice T. Williams for the Rockbridge Historical Society in the Images of American series. She was also working on a documentary edition on Lt. Col. Susanne P. Turner of the Women’s Army Corps, which Marshall launched and promoted.
Stevens is survived by her parents Claude and Eva Ritenour of Fort Valley, Virginia, her brother Eddie Ritenour and wife Linda of Wilkesboro, NC, a nephew, a niece, one great nephew and two great nieces.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, August 15 at 11 a.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Reverend George Bowers will officiate. Burial will follow in Detrick Cemetery in Fort Valley.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to The American Lung Association National Headquarters,1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
NHPRC Funds Marshall Papers Project
National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded the Marshall Foundation continuing support of $33,000 in the 2013-2014 year for editing and preparing for publication volume 7, the final volume of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall. Volume 7 is expected to be published in 2015. NHPRC has been a significant contributor to the project since 1977.
Editor of the Marshall Papers is Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D., a distinguished military and diplomatic historian who wrote the acclaimed biography of Marshall, George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century. Managing editor is Daniel D. Holt, who recently retired as director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and is an expert in the era to be covered in the remaining papers. Mame Warren, previously director for Hopkins History Enterprises at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, is assistant editor.
When completed, the Marshall Papers project will result in a seven-volume set of the edited papers of George C. Marshall. Volumes 1 through 6 have been published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Copies are available at the Marshall Museum Shop and at major libraries. The online digital formats of volumes 1 through 5 are posted at www.marshallfoundation.org. Volume 6 will be posted online within the next year.
“Continuing financial commitment of the NHPRC to the Marshall Papers Project as well as recognition of the historic value of our signature project has been critical to the successful production of this long-term documentary edited series,” said Brian D. Shaw, president of the Marshall Foundation. Other continuing Federal support for the Papers Project has come from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
David Hein Explains HMS Prince of Wales Legacy
Prof. David Hein’s talk on "Churchill, Roosevelt, and HMS Prince of Wales" described the first meeting between U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aboard the venerated British vessel off the coast of Newfoundland in August 1941. A few months later the two nations would be military allies in the fight against the Axis powers.
Dr. Hein is on the faculty of Hood College in Frederick, MD. Lately, Prof. Hein has focused his research on the second World War, including its military history. Recent articles on World War II include "In War for Peace: General George C. Marshall's Core Convictions and Ethical Leadership," Touchstone (2013) and "Vulnerable: HMS Prince of Wales in 1941," Journal of Military History (2013).
The British battleship HMS Prince of Wales was commissioned in January 1941, and by the end of the year it lay at the bottom of the South China Sea, having been sunk by a Japanese air attack. During its relatively short lifetime it had a colorful history of action in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It was the first meeting place for Roosevelt and Churchill who discussed the new Atlantic Charter that set goals for a post-war world.
Prof. Hein traced the movements of the warship during its brief, but celebrated, career. He said the church service on the forward deck was perhaps the highlight of the meeting in the north Atlantic. Following that meeting, the ship went to Singapore in an unprotected naval force in the Pacific where any myth of invincibility would prove to be false. The proud battleship that had withstood attack by the mighty German warship Bismarck would be sunk by Japanese aircraft.
Prof. Hein to Lecture on WWII Warship, Churchill and Roosevelt
Professor David Hein will discuss "Churchill, Roosevelt, and HMS Prince of Wales" on March 20, beginning at 5:30 pm in the Marshall Library. The public is invited.
The British battleship HMS Prince of Wales was commissioned in January 1941, and by the end of the year it lay at the bottom of the South China Sea, having been sunk by a Japanese air attack. During its relatively short lifetime it had a colorful history of action in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and was the first meeting place for US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who discussed the new Atlantic Charter that set goals for a post-war world.
Dr. Hein is a historian on the faculty of Hood College in Frederick, MD. Lately, Prof. Hein has focused his research on the Second World War, including its military history. Recent articles on World War II include "In War for Peace: General George C. Marshall's Core Convictions and Ethical Leadership," (read here) Touchstone (2013) and "Vulnerable: HMS Prince of Wales in 1941," Journal of Military History (2013).
A reception will follow. Call Leigh McFaddin at (540) 463-7103, ext. 138 or send an email to email@example.com with acceptances by March 15.
March 1, 2013
Foundation Receives Unique Collection from Marshall Family
A collection of previously unviewed letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and other records from General George C. Marshall and his wife Katherine has been donated to the George C. Marshall Foundation by members of the Marshall family.
The documents in the collection are more personal than the official records documenting George C. Marshall’s army and government service, which comprise the Foundation’s extensive archives. The collection was donated by the Winn family, specifically James J. Winn, Jr., Ellene W. Winn, and Katherine T. Winn, who are grandchildren of Mrs. Katherine Tupper Marshall, George C. Marshall’s second wife.
“This new collection adds personal texture to the already rich, professional nature of our archives and helps us the tell the remarkable story of General Marshall and the first half of the 20th century during which he was such an influential, strategic leader,” said Brian D. Shaw, president of the Marshall Foundation. “Students and researchers who view this collection will see a different side of General Marshall.”
The collection offers a glimpse into the rich, warm personal life of the former General of the Army, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was often regarded as distant and overly formal. Photographs of Marshall vacationing and working in the garden, and correspondence with Katherine and other family members and colleagues from past army assignments reveal a man who lived simply and enjoyed life despite having to grapple with some of the world’s biggest problems during the first half of the 20th century. In addition, the collection contains diaries and photographs of Marshall’s “victory” tour of World War I battlefields with General John J. Pershing.
Members of the public as well as scholars and researchers may see some of the items by appointment with the Marshall Research Library staff.
February 12, 2013
Marshall Foundation Shifts to Leadership Education, Recommits to Research Support
As part of a decision by its Board of Trustees to refocus its mission, the George C. Marshall Foundation plans to transfer ownership of its building to Virginia Military Institute. The Marshall Foundation will continue to operate its research library and archives from its current location while offering educational programs in strategic thinking and leadership in Lexington and beyond.
The proposed transfer has been approved by the Foundation Board of Trustees and is subject to approval by The VMI Board of Visitors and the Virginia General Assembly. The arrangement is expected to become effective sometime in 2013. Under the proposal, ownership of the building and the ground it occupies will be transferred to VMI, which intends to execute a long-term lease to allow the Marshall Foundation to stay in a portion of the building.
"The Marshall Foundation is making a strategic decision to refocus its core mission of maintaining a world-class research library and archive,” said Brian D. Shaw, Foundation President. “In addition we will continue to prepare emerging leaders in military service, foreign service, public administration and business in the essentials of vision, strategy and leadership, those characteristics for which General Marshall was so well known,” Shaw said.
“We will continue to operate as an independent, private, nonprofit foundation with our own board of trustees and corporate charter. And we have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with VMI that we expect will continue for many years,” he said. Founded in 1953, the Marshall Foundation operates an archive and a research library, conducts conferences, participates in special events and outreach, and is concluding the publication of the seven-volume Marshall Papers, a comprehensive study of Marshall’s life and career. The building, located at VMI, was dedicated in 1964.
A 1901 graduate of VMI, Marshall was the chief of staff of the Army during World War II. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the post-war European Recovery Program known as the “Marshall Plan” that restored the economies of Western Europe while he was Secretary of State. Later he served as Secretary of Defense during the Korean War.
General J. H. Binford Peay III ’62, VMI’s Superintendent, said VMI’s educational mission and its close association with Marshall make the transfer a sensible move.
“This supports our educational mission as a state institution,” he said. “General Marshall is a large figure in VMI’s history and lore. It is natural for VMI to take up management of this building and ensure its continued use to recognize the many contributions he made to the world. At the same time, this arrangement will benefit the Marshall Foundation, allowing it to transition to this new phase of service to our nation.”
VMI’s plan is to lease part of the building to the Foundation for its offices, archives, and other functions. The primary public spaces of building will be taken over by VMI, with much of that area to be devoted to such functions as visitor reception. The Institute has identified other educational and general functions that can be placed in the building.
In addition to the current public space, VMI will occupy a number of offices and other spaces, including the Pogue Auditorium.
While many of the items in the museum will transfer to VMI, other items, including the library collection and the archives, will remain with the Foundation. Those items will remain available to scholars and the public.
December 10, 2012
Lois Quam to Give Frances McNulty Logan Lewis Lecture
Lois Quam, Executive Director, Global Health Initiative, US Department of State, will deliver the 2012 Frances McNulty Logan Lewis Lecture on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 pm in the Marshall Foundation Library.
Ms. Quam will talk about “The Strength to be Bold.” The public is invited.
Lois Quam serves as Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) that reports to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Barack Obama created GHI to help countries save lives today and strengthen health systems to build stronger nations tomorrow.
A reception will follow Ms. Quam's lecture. Call Leigh McFaddin at (540) 463-7103, ext. 138 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with acceptances by October 15.
NHPRC Funds Marshall Papers Project Another Year
National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded the George C. Marshall Foundation continuing support of $33,000 in the 2012-2013 year for editing and preparing for publication volume 7, the final volume of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall. Volume 7 is expected to be published in 2014.
The Marshall Papers are edited by Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D., a distinguished military and diplomatic historian who wrote the acclaimed biography of Marshall, George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century. Daniel D. Holt, who recently retired as director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and is an expert in the era to be covered in the remaining papers, is serving as managing editor.
Mame Warren, previously director for Hopkins History Enterprises at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, returned to Lexington last year to become assistant editor. She had once served as special projects editor at Washington and Lee University.
NHPRC has been a significant contributor to the project since 1977. When completed, the Marshall Papers project will result in a seven-volume set of the edited papers of George C. Marshall. Volumes one through five have been published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and are available at the Marshall Museum Shop, at major libraries, and on this web site under the research library section heading. Volume 6 will be published later this year.
“The continuing financial commitment of the NHPRC to the Marshall Papers Project as well as their recognition of the historic value of our signature project has been critical to the successful production of this long-term documentary edited series,” said Brian D. Shaw, president of the Marshall Foundation.
Professor Roger Jeans to Discuss Marshall's China Mission
Roger B. Jeans Jr. will discuss his book, The Marshall Mission to China, 1945-1947: The Letters and Diary of Colonel John Hart Caughey, that breaks new ground in our understanding of a pivotal period in the history of American foreign policy, the early Cold War, and the struggle for dominance in China between the Nationalists and Communists.
His presentation, to be held in Pogue Auditorium is a part of the Marshall Lecture Series, begins at 5:30 pm on April 3. A reception will follow. Acceptances to Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 by March 28 or to email@example.com.
The famous Marshall Mission to China has been the focus of intense scrutiny ever since General George C. Marshall returned home in January 1947 and full-scale civil war consumed China. Yet until recently there was little new to add to the story of the failure to avert war between the Chinese Nationalists, under Chiang Kai-shek, and the Chinese Communists, led by Mao Zedong. Drawing on a newly discovered insider’s account, Roger Jeans makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Marshall’s mediation effort and the roles played by key Chinese figures.
“Expertly edited and introduced by Roger Jeans, this book throws new light on the mission and its complexity through the eyes of the general’s top aide at that time, Colonel John Hart Caughey. Moreover, the colonel’s bird’s-eye portraits in letters and diaries of conditions in the nationalist and Communist capitals as well as other key cities re-create the atmosphere of postwar China in refreshingly vivid terms,” writes Stephen R. MacKinnon.
Roger Jeans is Elizabeth Lewis Otey Professor of History Emeritus at Washington and Lee University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, articles, and papers on modern East Asian history.
W&L Professor Molly Michelmore to Open Life Atomic Exhibit
Molly Michelmore, who is an assistant professor of history at Washington and Lee University, will discuss "Going Nuclear: American Life at the Dawn of the Atomic Age" at the Marshall Museum exhibit opening of The Life Atomic: Growing Up in the Shadow of the A-Bomb on March 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Pogue Auditorium, at the George C. Marshall Foundation.
A reception will follow. Call Leigh McFaddin at (540) 463-7103, ext. 138 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with acceptances by March 21.
Prof. Michelmore teaches 20th century U.S. political, cultural and social history at W&L and recently had a book published on U.S. tax policy and public welfare.
The exhibit, which will be on display in the Marshall Museum through May 25, features photographs, artifacts and text panels depicting the beginning of the nuclear age in the United States.
Author to Discuss Marshall and His Generals
Stephen R. Taaffe, who is a professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, will discuss his highly acclaimed book, Marshall and his Generals, on March 13 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.
His remarks begin at 5:30 PM with a reception and book signing to follow. Reservations are required. Send an email to Leigh McFaddin at email@example.com to reserve your seat.
Stimson Center, Marshall Foundation Collaborate on Ground-breaking Middle East Project
The Henry L. Stimson Center and the George C. Marshall Foundation announce a timely, provocative and relevant joint initiative, Pathways to Progress: Peace, Prosperity, and Change in the Middle East.
Drawing on the Marshall Plan legacy, Pathways to Progress will partner with key leaders and institutions in the region to develop ground-breaking solutions and policy options that foster peace and stability, create jobs, and encourage broad-based, inclusive economic growth. Pathways to Progress will cultivate new thinking and creative solutions percolating in the region to promote an active dialogue between United States and the Arab world in which new ideas and innovative thinking flow in both directions.
Panel on WWII Myths, Misconceptions and Surprises
As part of its Marshall Lecture Series, the Marshall Foundation presented a panel discussion on World War II Myths, Misconceptions and Surprises featuring distinguishing historians Gerhard Weinberg, William Hitchcock and Mark Stoler talking the perceptions and personalities of the time.
General Gordon Sullivan to receive 2012 Goodpaster Award
Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) will receive the Goodpaster Award at a luncheon in Washington on May 30 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Gen. Sullivan will be honored for his distinguished career in the U.S. Army that he concluded as the 32nd Chief of Staff and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and for his leadership of AUSA (Association of the United States Army).
During his Army career, Gen. Sullivan also served as Vice Chief of Staff; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans; Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Riley, Kansas; Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky. His overseas assignments included four tours in Europe, two in Vietnam and one in Korea.
He is the co-author of Hope is Not a Method, which chronicles the enormous challenges encountered in transforming the post-Cold War Army. He serves on the boards of several major corporations. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University; a director of the Institute of Defense Analyses, and a member of the Council of Advisors of the Marshall Foundation. General Sullivan has been President and COO of AUSA since 1998.
The Goodpaster Award
The Andrew J. Goodpaster Award honors the life and service of General Andrew J. Goodpaster, a longtime trustee and chairman of the Foundation, a champion of the Marshall legacy, an American hero and an extraordinary public servant. The Andrew J. Goodpaster Award is presented to Americans in a variety of fields who, like General Goodpaster, have exhibited great courage, selfless service, patriotism and leadership in their lives and careers.
For more information call Rick Drake at (540) 463-7103, ext. 137 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Joel Pett to open Herblock Exhibit
Joel Pett, who is the Pulitzer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky, will discuss editorial cartoons and the work of Herblock now on display in the Marshall Museum.
His talk on October 6 begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Pogue Auditorium at the Marshall Foundation. The Marshall Foundation is located on post at VMI. The public is invited to attend. A reception will follow.
Joel Pett says the legendary Herblock is one of his heroes. Herbert Block (his real name) was also an award-winning cartoonist. He produced humorous, witty cartoons for The Washington Post for more than 70 years until his death in 2001. The exhibit that features his work deals with topics such as the president, politics, the environment, education, civil rights and national security. He caricatured 13 U.S. presidents and illustrated the national and international scene from the stock market crash of 1929 through the summer of 2001. He was the most honored cartoonist of his time.
For more information call Leigh McFaddin at (540) 463-7103, ext. 138 or email to email@example.com.
Marshall Papers Project Receives NHPRC Funding
The Marshall Papers project has received funding from the Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) with a grant award of $44,000 for 2011-2012. Funding supports completion of editing volume 6 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, scheduled to be published in 2011, and editing of the seventh and final volume of the documentary set, slated for submission to the publisher in 2013.
Chief of Staff Dempsey Dedicates Marshall Corridor in Pentagon
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, dedicated the opening of the Marshall Corridor in the Pentagon on July 7, 2011.
Marshall Foundation President Brian D. Shaw delivered remarks as well following which Gen. Dempsey and Gen. Edward "Shy" Meyer, USA (Ret.) cut the ribbon to open the display of photographs and text panels to honor the memory of George C. Marshall, who worked in the Pentagon for many years as Chief of Staff during all of World War II and later as Secretary of Defense during the Korean Conflict.
Free Admission to Museum on Sundays, Herblock Exhibit on Display
From now through Labor Day weekend, the George C. Marshall Museum will be open free to all visitors on Sundays, including the upcoming “National Spirit of ’45 Day” that will occur this year on Sunday, August 14 to coincide with the anniversary of the day in 1945 when President Truman declared WWII was over.
The Marshall Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and from 1 PM to 5 PM on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
Visitors will be able to see the recently installed political cartoons of Herblock exhibit. This traveling exhibit of the Herb Block Foundation presents five panels displaying reproductions of the work of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herb Block, famously known as "Herblock." The exhibit will be open through Dec. 17, 2011.
The goal of the exhibit is to promote Herblock's efforts to defend the rights and freedoms of Americans through his political cartoons. The exhibit can be used for teaching or promoting the American topics that reflect Herblock's passions: education, democracy, civil rights, the presidency and evergreen (about the environment). Together all five panels present a fascinating history of Herblock's 72-year career.
In addition the Marshall Museum offers free admission any day through Labor Day 2011 to all active duty military personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museum program. Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families–an organization that raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life–and more than 1,500 museums in the U.S.
Marshall Museum to Celebrate 70th Anniversary of the Jeep
Seventy years after Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall authorized production of the new general purpose vehicle, now known as the Jeep, Chrysler is commemorating the anniversary with a limited edition 2011 version that will be on display on the VMI Parade Ground on July 3 and 4 in Lexington as part of the annual Rotary Balloon Rally.
Marshall’s characteristic foresight allowed him to see the utility of the new transport that is credited with helping the Allies to victory in Europe.
The 2011 Jeep will be joined by a World War II vintage model owned by Art Cusick, of Buffalo Forge.
The Marshall Museum has assembled text and photos to tell the story of Jeep production during WWII. A representative from Chrysler headquarters will be on hand to answer questions about the 70th anniversary edition vehicle.
The Jeep Nukizer 715 concept car will also be on display. The Nukizer 715 is built on the Jeep J8 four-door military platform. Another vintage WWII Jeep is on permanent display inside the Marshall Museum.
The Marshall Museum and Museum Shop will be open Sunday (1 to 5 pm) and Monday (9 am to 5 pm), July 3 and 4. Admission will be free both days. The Marshall Museum is located on the post at VMI across from the parade ground.
The Marshall Museum Shop will be set up on the VMI Parade Ground with tables containing items for sale, including books and Jeep replicas. Visitors can enter a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate also. More books will be for sale along with all other items inside the Museum Shop.
World War II Prison Camp Survivor to Talk at Marshall Foundation
Bataan Death March survivor Col. Glenn Frazier will give a talk in the Pogue Auditorium of the George C. Marshall Foundation, Wed., June 29, at 7 p.m.
A reception and book signing in the Marshall Museum will follow. The public is invited to attend. Frazier wrote the bestselling book Hell’s Guest — 3½ Years as the Emperor’s Guest in Japan’s P.O.W. Camps.
Frazier was one of 40 veterans chosen to be featured in the Ken Burns' miniseries “The War.”
Secretary Clinton to Receive 2011 Marshall Foundation Award
The Marshall Foundation will honor Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with the Marshall Foundation Award at a formal dinner to be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC on June 2, 2011.
The Marshall Foundation Award recognizes Secretary Clinton for a career of distinguished public service in the tradition of George C. Marshall, for her dignity and integrity of character, and, like her predecessor George C. Marshall, for her devotion to creating and perpetuating free and democratic institutions and promoting appropriate economic development that will allow them to flourish.
The George C. Marshall Award celebration will bring together 700 to 1,000 foreign and U.S. dignitaries, government officials, business leaders, friends and trustees of the Marshall Foundation, and special guests to honor Secretary of State Clinton.
When Janey Comes Marching Home Exhibit Opens March 8
Professor Laura Browder will discuss her exhibit with photographer Sascha Pflaeging and the resulting book, When Janey Comes Marching Home, about U.S. women combat veterans on March 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Pogue Auditorium.
The public is invited to attend. There is no charge. A reception and book signing will follow. The exhibit will be on display in the Museum lower lobby through June.
Marshall Family Letters Focus of Public Talk
Rachel Thompson will discuss the exchange of letters between George C. Marshall and his family from 1942 to 1958 at the Marshall Foundation on Feb. 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Pogue Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge. A reception in the Marshall Museum will follow.
Frederick W. Smith Receives George C. Marshall Foundation Award
The Marshall Foundation honored FedEx chairman, president and CEO Frederick W. Smith with the Marshall Foundation Award for his success in building a company that has changed business around the world and for the generous use of FedEx resources to provide humanitarian assistance to countries and regions in need. The award was presented during a luncheon at American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 16.
When accepting the award, Smith said, “I have many times in the past been asked, Who are your role models? Who do you admire most? I have always said the same name: General George C. Marshall....He is unequivocally in my mind the man who saved Western civilization in World War II.”
Marshall Museum Invites Kids, Parents to Holiday Open House
Children, parents, grandparents, guests, holiday shoppers, George C. Marshall fans and those who want to receive an early dose of the holiday spirit are invited to the annual Holiday Open House in the Marshall Museum on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is something for everyone. Refreshments will be served.
Admission is free to tour the Museum as well as to attend this special event.
Judith McHale Talks About Public Diplomacy
Delivering the 2010 Frances McNulty Logan Lewis Lecture on Thursday, October 7, Judith McHale, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, said, "In framing the enterprise as a true partnership, Marshall ensured that the Plan [Marshall Plan] would give expression to the best tradition of American leadership. Our European partners responded with alacrity and gratitude. British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin recalled: 'It was a lifeline of sinking men. I grabbed the offer with both hands.' This was just what George Marshall wanted. And today, this is the approach that is informing our engagement with the world."
Marshall Papers Project Receives NEH and NHPRC Funding
The Marshall Papers project has received funding from by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) with grant awards of $150,000 over three years and $44,000 for one year, respectively. Funding supports completion of editing volume 6 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, scheduled to be published in 2011, and editing of the seventh and final volume of the documentary set, slated for submission to the publisher in 2013.
Former President Gordon Beyer Dies in New Hampshire
Ambassador Gordon Beyer died at home in Peterborough, New Hampshire on June 4, 2010. He served as president of the George C. Marshall Foundation for six years. Before that, he served as a diplomat in the Foreign Service for 28 years, having been posted to Thailand, Japan, Somalia, Tanzania, the United Nations in New York, and Uganda where he was appointed Ambassador. Also he served as deputy commandant of the National War College for two years. He was 79.
General Matthew B. Ridgway Exhibit Opens June 1
Michael Swanson will share his reminiscences about General Ridgway, his former neighbor in suburban Pittsburgh, during a talk on June 1 beginning at 5:30 pm. to open the new exhibit My Battles in War and Peace: General Matthew B. Ridgway at the Foundation.
Tom Ricks Highlights Historians' Meeting
More than 600 military historians attended the 77th annual meeting of the Society for Military History hosted by the Marshall Foundation and VMI over four days at the end of May that was highlighted by Tom Ricks' address on generalship.
Join the Wilson Presidential Library Trip to France
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library has put together an 8-day trip to American Expeditionary Force Battlefields in France, beginning October 12, 2010. Call the Library at 540-885-0897 for details.
Winn, Roebuck join Marshall Foundation Board
James J. Winn, Jr., Baltimore, and Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr., Philadelphia, have joined the George C. Marshall Foundation Board of Trustees.
Former Marshall Foundation Director Fred Hadsel Dies
Fred Latimer Hadsel, 94, of Lexington, a career diplomat and retired director (now president) of the George C. Marshall Foundation, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at his home. He had lived in Lexington since 1974 following his retirement from the foreign service to serve as director of the Marshall Foundation until 1985.
General Tony Zinni: Leaders today must be more strategic
Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni believes there is a leadership crisis in the world, and it is getting worse.
New Museum Hours
The new Marshall Museum hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday. Visitor Information
Secretary Gates Receives Marshall Foundation Award
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates accepted the Marshall Foundation Award, calling George C. Marshall his hero and inspiration as defense secretary.
Gates said he was humbled to accept the award that memorializes his personal hero at a State Department event celebrating Marshall's life and legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Symposium to Focus on Marshall the Leader
The Marshall Foundation and Virginia Military Institute will co-host a seminar on October 23 and 24 at the Center for Leadership and Ethics at VMI. The symposium, George C. Marshall: Servant of the American Nation, will focus on the remarkable legacy of George Marshall.
Panelists will discuss Marshall as soldier, leader, peacemaker and diplomat. Author and historian Mark Stoler will discuss the Marshall's legacy at lunch on Saturday. Dr. Stoler, editor of The Marshall Papers, is concluding work on the sixth book of a seven-volume set. Former VMI Superintendent Josiah Bunting will deliver the Friday dinner address on "The Mind of Marshall." Gen. Bunting has just finished writing a book on Marshall to be published soon.
Visit www.marshallsymposium to learn more.
Nicholas Thompson to Discuss New Book
Author Nicholas Thompson will discuss The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War as part of the Marshall Lecture Series on October 20 beginning at 5:30 PM in the Pogue Auditorium. Reception and book signing to follow.
Thompson weaves a fascinating narrative that follows these two rivals and friends from the beginning of the Cold War to its end. In so doing he accomplishes something remarkable: he tells the story of our nation during the most dangerous half century in history.
New Trustees and Advisors
Christine Carrico, Ph.D., of Derwood, MD; Gen. Richard Cody, USA (Ret.), of Arlington, VA and Walter Kansteiner, of Washington, D.C. will serve three-year terms on the Board of Trustees.
Gen. Edward “Shy” Meyer, USA (Ret.) and former U.S. Sen. Charles W. “Chuck” Hagel have joined the Council of Advisors. Gen. Meyer stepped down as Chairman of the Board after eight years in December 2008. He has been named Chairman Emeritus in recognition of this distinguished service.
Remembering George Marshall on October 16
The Marshall Foundation will hold a graveside ceremony on October 16 at Arlington National Cemetery to remember George Marshall on the 50th anniversary of his death. That ceremony will be followed by a reception and luncheon at the U.S. Department of State at which U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will receive the Marshall Foundation Award. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Casey will also participate.
Lenfest provides additional support for Marshall Papers
Marshall Foundation Advisor and supporter L. F. "Gerry " Lenfest has committed to a three-year pledge of $250,000 to complete the Marshall Papers project that is now in volume six of a seven-book collection under the direction of Editor Mark Stoler. Mr. Lenfest has been a generous supporter of efforts to digitize the collections also.
Foundation receives NHPRC funding for Marshall Papers
The Marshall Foundation received continuing support from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), which awarded a grant of $44,000 for the 2009-2010 year of editing volume 6 of The Marshall Papers. Volume 6 is scheduled to be published in 2010.
General Petraeus Visits
General David Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command, visited the Foundation for a tour of the Museum and Archives.
Dr. Catherwood Discusses Churchill at Marshall Lecture Series
With profound insight into Winston Churchill’s early colonial experiences as well as his first tenure as First Lord of the Admiralty, Scholar Christopher Catherwood offers an honest appraisal of his strategies in a unique and fascinating perspective that separates the myth from the man.
Jay Adams Succeeds General Meyer
John B. "Jay" Adams, Jr. succeeded General Edward C. Meyer as Chairman of the Board of the George C. Marshall Foundation earlier this month. He becomes the ninth chairman since the Foundation's founding in 1953.
Brent Scowcroft Receives Goodpaster Award
The inaugural Andrew J. Goodpaster Award dinner honoring Lt. General Brent Scowcroft was a spirited evening with new friends and old....
Foundation Meets Lenfest Challenge
Thanks to the contributions of Intermap to the VSR (virtual staff ride) project, the Foundation has qualified for and received the third challenge grant from Gerry Lenfest of $350,000....Read More