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.
Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour of three main spaces. Marshall’s early years in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and at VMI in Lexington, Virginia are covered along with his Army service before and during World War I 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. It will be another highlight among many during your visit.
“Friends” in High Places
July – December 2018
Over the many years that George C. Marshall played an active role in major world affairs, he saw the relationships between the United States and other countries, as well as his personal relationships with many leaders, change dramatically. In the aftermath of World War II former allies such as the Soviet Union and China became fierce enemies. The conclusion of World War II and Marshall’s subsequent resignation as Army chief of staff resulted in gradual changes in Marshall’s domestic relationships as well.
This next sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series, “friends” in high places, reveals some of these changing relationships and the patience with which Marshall navigates through some of his most difficult diplomatic experiences at home and abroad. In some cases Marshall must lose ground in order to keep the peace. Visitors will see the lengths to which Marshall goes to avoid giving up or giving in.