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 holds changing exhibits.
The Foundation has told General Marshall’s remarkable story through various interpretations in the Marshall Museum. Although the exhibits have changed several times since its opening in 1964, one outstanding, original element remains today. The large “talking map” that dominates the west wall in the
World War II wing remains a popular feature. It recounts the course of the war as Marshall could have explained it. The illuminated wall map was designed by the National Geographic Society, and the text was provided by Forrest C. Pogue, Marshall’s biographer. It will be another highlight among many during your visit.
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Marshall Legacy Series Exhibit:
Marshall in Thirty Objects
January – June 2020
The George C. Marshall Foundation is excited to announce our latest exhibit: Marshall in Thirty Objects. 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.