Children, parents, grandparents, guests, holiday shoppers, George C. Marshall fans and those who want to receive an early dose of the holiday spirit are invited to the annual Holiday Open House in the Marshall Museum on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is something for everyone. Refreshments will be served.
Admission is free to tour the Museum as well as to attend this special event.
Parents and children will enjoy the arts and crafts activities, which will include making tree ornaments and cards to be sent to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. One ornament can be made for home with another designated for shipping “down range” along with an optional short note to the recipient.
For the first time, the Marshall Museum will be a Toys for Tots drop-off site. Bring a toy for some youngster who will appreciate your kindness. Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve project.
Members of Rockbridge County High School Interact Club will also assist in the festivities once again this year.
The Museum Shop will be open for those who wish to purchase items of interest for children or adults of a military or history focus including new and used books, hats, ties, memorabilia, music, educational DVDs, jewelry, decorative gifts, stocking stuffers on the $1 table, jigsaw puzzles, Smithsonian© airplane and tank kits, and stuffed animals.
The special exhibit on the World War II and Korean War leader and Marshall protégé Gen. Matthew Ridgway entitled My Battles in War and Peace: General Matthew B. Ridgway will remain open though Dec. 17.
The Marshall Museum is located on the post at VMI, in the southwest corner near the Parade Ground. Hours are Tues.-Sat., 9-5 and Sun., 1-5. Parking is available on the street or in the lot behind the Museum.