Building on a Mission of Remembrance: George C. Marshall and the American Battle Monuments Commission, 1946-59

July 25, 2019

Please join us for

“Building on a Mission of Remembrance:  George C. Marshall and the American Battle Monuments Commission, 1946-59”
with Dr. Thomas Conner

Thursday, July 25, 2019
5:30 pm with reception to follow

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

Due to limited seating, please RSVP no later than July 21, 2019.

To reserve your seat call Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or email Members and students will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series

About the Lecture

The lecture will address General Marshall’s thirteen-year tenure as a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), especially the eleven years he served as Chairman following the death of his predecessor in that office, General John J. Pershing.  In this role, Marshall presided over the construction of fourteen cemetery-memorials in eight countries for American soldiers from World War Two.  He also wielded important influence over how the ABMC fulfilled the second generation of its mission of fostering remembrance of those who fought and died overseas, and how an understanding of that mission was conveyed to the public in the U.S. and around the world.  The lecture draws heavily upon the official records of the ABMC and material in the Marshall Papers in Lexington, Virginia.

About Dr. Thomas Conner

Dr. Thomas Conner holds the William P. Harris Chair in Military History at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 1983.  A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, he graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  He then completed his Masters and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his major professors were Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., Gerhard L. Weinberg, and James R. Leutze.

At various times during his 36 years at Hillsdale College, Dr. Conner has served as Dean of the Faculty, Chairman of the Department of History, Dean of the Social Sciences, and Director of Admissions.  Four times he has been named Professor of the Year, most recently in 2016.  In 2011, Dr. Conner was named as one of the best 300 professors in the nation according to a survey by the Princeton Review.  His book War and Remembrance:  the Story of the American Battle Monuments Commission, from which much of the material for his upcoming lecture is drawn, was published in September 2018 by the University Press of Kentucky.  Ten years in preparation, the book is based principally on research in the Commission’s records, the papers of John J. Pershing, George C. Marshall, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and forty years of interactions with agency personnel and travel to ABMC sites overseas.