The Marshall Plan Mural

As early as 1963, the George C. Marshall Research Library had been negotiating with the National Academy of Design for a mural to be placed in the building as a contribution from the Abbey Mural Fund. Named after Edwin Austin Abbey, a renowned muralist who died in 1911, the Fund was established by Abbey’s widow, […]

Marshall’s Hands

Our vote for “strangest” artifact is a pair of Marshall’s hands. These were cast in plaster by American sculptor Bryant Baker in 1957. Baker was most famous for his bronze sculpture Pioneer Woman, located in Oklahoma. We know Marshall thought sitting for portraits was a waste of time, so staff have often wondered who convinced […]

Danny Lee Blake Collection

The Marshall Museum & Library is honored to house documents, photographs, and artifacts of “Tropic Lightning,” the 25th Infantry Division. One of the sub-collections of the 25th is the Danny Lee Blake Collection. Lt. Blake graduated from City College of Baltimore before enlisting in the army in May of 1966. He served as an instructor […]

AMVETS Silver Helmet

Today’s artifact is a silver-plated helmet with a strap, mounted on a horseshoe-shaped walnut base.  A plaque on the base reads ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY/ AMVETS/ SALUTES/ GENERAL OF THE ARMY GEORGE C. MARSHALL/ SOLDIER STATESMAN AMERICAN.  It was presented to George C. Marshall on December 10, 1954 in Washington, D.C. commemorating the […]

Key to the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico

  After dealing with intense pain and discomfort for most of the year, George C. Marshall had an enlarged right kidney removed at Walter Reed Hospital on December 7, 1948. A large mass on the kidney had been determined to be benign. He was released three weeks later and President Truman suggested he continue his […]

Royal gold-plated Typewriter

On display in the Marshall Museum lobby is a gold-plated Royal typewriter given to General George C. Marshall from the Overseas Press Club on March 4, 1949. It was given in the hopes that Marshall would begin to write his memoirs. He was not interested in writing an auto-biography (stating that his service to his […]

Featured Collection – John Herring Collection

On June 10, 1940 Italy declared war on France and Great Britain. One of the American members of the National Fascist Party was hypnotist-turned-Tokalon cosmetics baron E. Virgil Neal. The Marshall Museum Collection contains Neal’s Mussolini-signed Fascist Italy Safe Conduct Pass (dated 1930), a small ivory bust of the dictator, an enameled brass National Fascist […]