Marshall and the Apple Blossom Festival

This blog was originally posted on May 5, 2017 In Winchester, Virginia this week, the 90th annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is in full swing. The festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and the pink-and-white apple blossoms started in 1924 as a one-day event and, except for the war years 1942-1945, has been held […]


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, which is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off end of the year charitable giving. The George C. Marshall Foundation will once again be […]

Guest Blogger: Jason Fagone and The Woman Who Smashed Codes

I visited the Marshall library for the first time in January 2015, looking for information about the codebreaking poet Elizebeth Smith Friedman. I had been reading about the history of the NSA and its godfather, William Friedman, and in reading about William, I noticed that his wife was also a codebreaker. Two codebreakers, married to […]

#AskAnArchivist Day

Next Wednesday, October 4th, is #AskAnArchivist Day. This day-long event sponsored by the Society of American Archivists is an opportunity to ask questions (via Twitter) about any and all things archives and have them answered by archivists. The Marshall Library will be participating in the event, so be sure to send your archives questions to […]

Marshall and House of Cards

In the current season of the hit series House of Cards, President Francis Underwood and his wife, Claire, who was appointed US ambassador to the UN, dive into foreign policy. One of President Underwood’s primary goals is to form an international coalition, including Russia, that will commit to stationing troops in the Jordan River Valley […]

Marshall and Comic Books

Despite having no congressional resolutions or presidential proclamations, September 25th is considered National Comic Book Day. Comic books have been enjoyed as far back as the late 18th century. These early comics featured Japanese Toba-e style prints that were bound in an accordion-style book. Comic books have remained popular because they tell an ongoing story, provide […]

Marshall Plan and Mad Men

While the world prepares for the conclusion of the television program Mad Men next year, we ought to stop and think about what prepared the world for Mad Men. In a recent interview (relevant quote begins around 4:15), Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner said that he first became interested in the late 1950s and early […]