The Foundation has told General Marshall’s remarkable story through various interpretations in the Marshall Museum. Although the exhibits have changed several times since its opening in 1964, one outstanding, original element remains today. The large “talking map” that dominates the west wall in the World War II wing remains a popular feature. It recounts the course of the war as Marshall could have explained it. The illuminated wall map was designed by the National Geographic Society, and the text was provided by Forrest C. Pogue, Marshall’s biographer.
Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour of three main spaces. Marshall’s early years in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and at VMI in Lexington, Virginia are covered along with his Army service before and during World War I in the main lobby. The Organizer of Victory exhibit in the west wing focuses on General Marshall’s leadership, including his many innovations and contributions to winning World War II. The Soldier of Peace exhibit in the east wing features Marshall’s leadership after World War II. The Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1953 for his contributions to restoring the European economy through the Marshall Plan is on display. It will be another highlight among many during your visit.
From Machine to Man
May 12 through August 31, 2016
The exhibit will feature a collage of photographs from the Howard Hammersley collection of combat photography, video excerpts chronicling a bombing run during Operation Strangle, the Pacific Theater adventures of John McCracken and the “Hellbirds,” a collection of item belonging to Patton’s bulldog, General Walker, a collection of tanks and tank destroyer models, a bazooka, walkie-talkies, a snapshot of the development of the Jeep and improvement of Army infantry officer training under Marshall at Fort Benning.
A preview of this exhibit will be available on May 12, 2016 before the presentation “Marshall, Arnold and the Creation of American Airpower” by Dr. Dik Daso.