Marshall Foundation Announces an Evening in the Archives

The public is invited to a special “Evening in the Archives” in the Marshall Library at the Marshall Foundation on Sept. 12 beginning at 5 pm. A light supper will be served.

This event features objects from the Foundation’s collections that have rarely or never been shown to the public. This is an extraordinary chance to learn about interesting and unique items, including:

• American cosmetics baron E. Virgil Neal’s Fascisti Italiano Collection (Mussolini bust, pin, and Neal’s own membership card signed by Mussolini)
• Mussolini’s sword captured by the 10th Mountain Division
• Frank Menza’s 100th Division regimental patch blanket
• Hitler bust
• Assorted SS & Hitler Youth items
• “Jap Hunting License” pin and archive materials
• Samurai sword taken from the body of a dead Japanese soldier at Guadalcanal
• Samurai sword from 1260 CE
• LTG Leslie Groves’ scrapbook from the Manhattan Project

Visitors will receive a guide to the objects on display. Members of the Library and Museum staff will be available to answer questions. This event is a part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sequence on “Weapons” of War and is being presented in partnership with Virginia Military Institute.

Reservations by Sept. 9 are required.

Call Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138, or send email to Foundation members will be admitted free; non-members will pay $20 at the door; college students, $10.

Guests can walk through the exhibition, “The Art of War,” that features examples of conventional weapons as well as examples of “paper bullets,” which are posters, leaflets, brochures, film and editorial cartoons that were used to influence public opinion during WWI and WWII.

The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy through a multi-year series of exhibitions, speakers and programs centered on key themes or episodes from General Marshall’s career.