The Marshall Foundation, Museum & Library is temporarily closed.
Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour. Marshall’s early years in Uniontown, PA, at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA and his Army service before and during World War I are in the main lobby. The Organizer of Victory exhibit in the west wing focuses on General Marshall’s leadership, including his many innovations and contributions to winning World War II. The Soldier of Peace exhibit in the east wing features Marshall’s leadership after World War II. The Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1953 for his contributions to restoring the European economy through the Marshall Plan is on display.
The lower gallery currently hosts the Marshall in 30 Objects exhibit.
Items from the museum collection, library and archive, and loans from the George C. Marshall International Center and Virginia Military Institute Museum System are included in the exhibit. The objects and documents are displayed in chronological order beginning with his time as Cadet George C. Marshall, Jr., Class of 1901, at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), and ending with the dedication of a 7-foot bronze statue on VMI’s Post nearly twenty years after his death. Visitors can follow his career as a soldier-statesman throughout the exhibit, and also see items that symbolize the strength of Marshall’s character.
Themes explored in this exhibit include:
Military and Civilian Leadership: Items on display include correspondence about his opinion on voting, his support of the Tuskegee Aviation program, the Women’s Army Corps, the five-star rank, and his speech to the Harvard Alumni Association, known as the “Marshall Plan” speech.
Reverence toward the Virginia Military Institute: Marshall credited VMI as the institution that gave him his strident belief in the citizen-soldier, and personally, the base from which he was able to become one of America’s greatest leaders. VMI also has recognized Marshall as its most accomplished graduate by dedicating Marshall Arch and the bronze statue on Post. Images and information are on display.
Importance of work-life balance: Marshall realized that in order to be productive and focused it was important to relax and enjoy oneself outside of work. Marshall read and was an avid fisherman and a devoted equestrian. Items never displayed before including his Harnell fishing rod, loaned from the George C. Marshall International Center, and the Pariani saddle he purchased in 1930.
Tributes to Marshall: Though Marshall did not want or need recognition for his life’s work, he was still recognized for his strength of character throughout his life, first by his VMI Class of 1901 brother rats, then later by General Pershing, President Truman, Kappa Alpha Order, and the Nobel Prize Committee. Items related to these events are also part of the exhibit.
Marshall in Thirty Objects is on display through June 2020.