The George C. Marshall Foundation will recognize the 70th anniversary of Secretary of State Marshall’s speech at Harvard setting forth his vision for European recovery by offering free admission to the Marshall Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 5.
Marshall’s remarks on June 5, 1947 at Harvard began the four-year Marshall Plan that led to the economic recovery of post-World War II Europe.
The original copy of Marshall’s speech along with various Marshall Plan items from the library and archives will be on display in the Museum lobby.
Young visitors can take the opportunity to try on authentic World War II uniforms, complete a scavenger hunt and get creative with Marshall coloring pages.
At 1 p.m. Jeffrey Kozak, who is director of the library and archives, and Cathy DeSilvey, who is director of museum operations, will show rarely seen items from the collection and give a tour of the Marshall Plan exhibit in the Museum.
Refreshments will be served. The Museum shop will offer discounts on Marshall Plan-themed items until closing.
The Marshall Museum is located on the post at VMI in the southwest corner near the Parade Ground. Parking is available on the street or in the lot behind the Museum. Call 540-463-2083 for directions or visit the Museum page at georgecmarshallmuseum.org.