From the Collections-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 […]

From the Collections-AMVETS Silver Helmet

Today’s From the Collections 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, […]

From the Collections-Key to the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Welcome to “From the Collections,” a new series on Featured Artifacts that highlight the many fascinating objects in the George C. Marshall Foundation Collections. Through the years, the Foundation has been a trusted steward of history; our collections department is home to thousands of artifacts from not only George C. Marshall but others who played […]

White Glove Wednesday – Gold 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 […]

White Glove Wednesday – 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 […]

White Glove Wednesday – 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 […]

White Glove Wednesday – 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 […]

White Glove Wednesday – 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 […]

White Glove Wednesday – 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 […]