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 […]

Secretary of Defense Items

White Glove Wednesday features two items recently put on display in our Soldier of Peace gallery at the Marshall Museum. One is the license plate used on Marshall’s car while he was Secretary of Defense and the other is President Truman’s fountain pen used to sign HR 9646, appointing Marshall as Secretary of Defense on […]

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

General Marshall was appointed by President Eisenhower to head the United States delegation to the June 6, 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England. He was presented with this medal by the British government to commemorate the occasion. It is on display in the Marshall Museum’s Soldier of Peace Gallery.

IBM Plaque

“WE ARE AT WAR – TALK NET” is a plaque given to George C. Marshall from International Business Machines (I.B.M.). The saying is referenced in a 1943 speech by Frederick Nichol, Vice-President and General Manager of I.B.M. in which Nichol states: We have in our business, all through our factories and offices, a sign which […]

Marshall’s Graduation Gift

This is a gold Waltham brand pocket watch given to George C. Marshall by his mother as a graduation gift. Marshall’s initials are engraved on the back cover and inscribed inside is his Virginia Military Institute graduation date: June 26, 1901. This watch is currently on display in the VMI lobby case at the Marshall […]

Marshall’s Mother’s Dress

In July of 1962 a trunk of clothing donated by the estate of George C. Marshall’s sister Marie Singer (1876-1962) was picked up in Uniontown, Pa. by Foundation librarian Eugenia Lejeune and brought back for accessioning. One of the items inside was this chartreuse, tan, and lavender dress belonging to George C. Marshall’s mother Laura […]

Forrest C. Pogue’s Typewriter

Forrest C. Pogue used this Remington Deluxe Noiseless typewriter to write the four-volume biography of George C. Marshall, working from over 40 hours of interviews with Marshall. Pogue began work on the biography in 1958 and finished the final volume in 1987. In his obituary, the New York Times called him a “pioneer of oral-history […]

Marshall House Model

Our feature today is a scale model (6” x 10” x 6”) of the Marshall House, also known as Federal Hill, located in Mason County, Kentucky. It was donated to the George C. Marshall Foundation in 1966 by George C. Marshall’s widow, Katherine Tupper Marshall. Federal Hill was built in 1801 and belonged to Colonel […]

Marshall’s Fedora

George C. Marshall’s black Royal Stetson fedora sold by William Paul Brodt Inc. (est. 1872), in Washington, D.C. Marshall wore a size 7 1/2. The hat, in its original Stetson hatbox, was donated by James J. Winn, Jr., Marshall’s step-grandson.

Metropolitan Club Card

George C. Marshall’s bronzed lifetime membership plaque to the Metropolitan Club. The engraved inscription reads: METROPOLITAN CLUB FIFTH AVE. & 60TH STREET/ NEW YORK , N.Y./FOR HIS SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP IN WAR AND HIS GREAT LABORS FOR WORLD PEACE THE METROPOLITAN CLUB OF NEW YORK AWARDS TO GEORGE C. MARSHALL HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP, SEPTEMBER 16, 1947. […]