Last Saturday’s “Evening in the Archives” offered a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at many artifacts from our Collections that have never been displayed publicly. We intend to make this type of event a regular feature of the Marshall Legacy Series.
If you joined us, you saw many interesting objects. The castings of Marshall’s hands were popular as was the 100th Infantry Division patch blanket and the Leslie Groves Manhattan Project scrapbook. Some controversial items such as a Nazi rally banner, Nazi emblems and Nazi youth insignia drew interest. Other items had been presented to Marshall as tribute to the man who organized the victory. One such item, a German Walther pistol given to Marshall by General Omar Bradley, has been included in the “Art of War” exhibition now on display in our lower gallery for the “Weapons of War sequence of the Legacy Series that concludes September 30. Others such as ceremonial swords were pulled from our Collections for the event. All speak to the enormous respect that Army Chief of Staff Marshall had earned from his battlefield commanders.
We open our new sequence, “Taking Care of the Troops,” on October 8 with a new exhibition and a special guest speaker. Please join us then.