Educational Programs

Each program is 30-45 minutes in length and will contain artifacts from our museum collection and primary sources from the archives.

LIFE OF GEORGE C. MARSHALL
George C. Marshall’s contributions to our nation and the world cannot be overstated. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, and selfless service stand as shining examples for those who study the past and for those generations who will learn about him in the future. Learn about his boyhood in Pennsylvania, his education at VMI, his contribution to WWI and WWII, the Marshall Plan and his Nobel Peace Prize.
VA Standards: USII.7, USII.8, VS.9, VUS.11, VUS.12, VUS.13, WHII.12, WHII.13
Historical Thinking Standards: Historical Comprehension, Historical Research Capabilities
US History Content Standards: United States Era 7/2 and Era 8/3 and Era 9/3

PARTNERS IN CODE: WILLIAM AND ELIZEBETH FRIEDMANF-009
William and Elizebeth Friedman were pioneers of modern codebreaking. They began their careers at Riverbank Laboratories. Elizebeth helped the Treasury Department catch rum-runners by deciphering their codes and William broke the Japanese cipher known as PURPLE during WWII. Learn about their lives and various types of ciphers.
VA Standards: USII.6, WHII.11, WHII.12, VUS.11, VUS.12
Historical Thinking Standards: Historical Comprehension, Historical Research Capabilities
US History Content Standards: United States Era 7/2 and Era 8/3

HOMER SIMPSON: WWI SOLDIER
Homer E. Simpson was a private who served during World War I with the 81st Division. Learn about this young man’s experience with volunteering to serve, traveling away from home for the first time, as well as his thoughts about war.
VA Standards: VUS.9, WHII.10, USII.5, VS.9
Historical Thinking Standards: Historical Comprehension, Historical Research Capabilities
US History Content Standards: United States Era 7/2

WACS OF WWII
Women have served along side the Army since the beginning of the United States, but during WWII the number of women serving with the Army increased dramatically. Learn about Col. Oveta Culp Hobby and what life was like as a WAC.
VA Standards: VS.9, USII.7, WHII.12, VUS.12
Historical Thinking Standards: Historical Comprehension, Historical Research Capabilities
US History Content Standards: United States Era 8/3

WEAPONS OF WAR
The development of new, more powerful weapons has transformed the conduct of war. Learn about Marshall’s involvement in the development of the atomic bomb, see a variety of knives, rifles, Samurai swords as well as non-traditional weapons, like propaganda posters.
VA Standards: USII.6, WHII.11, WHII.12, VUS.11, VUS.12
Historical Thinking Standards: Historical Comprehension, Historical Research Capabilities
US History Content Standards: United States Era 7/2 and Era 8/3

MULTIPLE WAYS TO LEARN

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All of our programs are available to educators and their classes who cannot come to Lexington, Virginia. A reliable Internet connection, a computer with video conferencing software and eager students are all that is required.

CLASSROOM SPEAKERS
Museum and Library staff are available to speak in the classroom or at assemblies about any of the programs listed. Students will get a chance to explore the artifacts and see primary documents in person.

MUSEUM GROUP TOURS
The museum group tour offers school classes the opportunity to learn how General Marshall played an important role in the shaping of the 20th century. Tours are designed to fit the age group and additional programming can be added to a visit and can be coordinated through the Lexington, Virginia Visitor Center.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about any of these programs please contact Cara Cook Sonnier, Digital Communications Librarian at 540-463-7103 x147 or by email csonnier@marshallfoundation.org or fill in the contact form below:

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