Marshall Museum

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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.

The World Wars

January through December 2017

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“Of all the military lessons which could have been learned from the last war, the question of unity of command is probably the most outstanding; personally I learned my lesson in observing the problems of General Pershing in France and the reluctance of our Allies to meet the issue until almost overwhelmed by the great German offensive of March, 1918. For that reason the first step taken by the Chiefs of Staff of Great Britain and the United States at the initial meeting in Washington in December, 1941, was to establish a basis of procedure to secure coordinated action.” – Marshall Speech to the Academy of Political Science, NYC, Nov. 10, 1942

This sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series will focus on the course, conduct and consequences of the two largest conflicts in human history, World War I and World War II. In doing so, it will examine how George. C. Marshall both shaped, and was shaped by, his experience of combat in France during World War I and show how those lessons learned, and hard won, would ultimately fashion how he would go on to fight and win in that second, global, conflagration, World War II, and in the peace that would follow.