House Approves Goodlatte Resolution to Designate National George C. Marshall Museum & Library
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by voice vote Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) resolution, H. Con. Res. 138, to congressionally designate the George C. Marshall Museum and the George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Va., as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library. H. Con. Res. 138 is co-sponsored by the entire Virginia delegation in the House of Representatives: Reps. Rob Wittman, Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott, J. Randy Forbes, Robert Hurt, Dave Brat, Don Beyer, H. Morgan Griffith, Barbara Comstock, and Gerry Connolly. H. Con. Res. 138 now awaits consideration in the Senate.
Floor statement of Congressman Bob Goodlatte on H. Con. Res. 138 (as prepared):
I rise today to urge passage of H. Con. Res. 138. This resolution would designate the George C. Marshall Museum and the George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library.
General George Catlett Marshall dedicated his life to public service – serving honorably in the United States Army, as Army Chief of Staff during World War II, Special Ambassador to China, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense. From his Allied plan to storm the beaches of Normandy to his European economic recovery strategy known as the Marshall Plan, his leadership changed the world. The history of the United States and the global community would be a different place if not for the contributions of General Marshall.
At the recommendation of former President Harry Truman, the Marshall Foundation was established in 1953. On May 23, 1964, the Marshall Museum and Library was dedicated on the post of the Virginia Military Institute - General Marshall’s alma mater. For over 50 years, the Marshall Foundation has devoted its mission to educating the public about the important contributions of General Marshall. The Museum has five extensive exhibits and houses General Marshall’s 1953 Nobel Peace Prize. The Research Library collects, preserves, and shares the largest collection of documents pertaining to General Marshall’s life.
Just this year, the Marshall Foundation reached a huge milestone with the completion of the Papers of George Catlett Marshall. This project began in 1977 with the goal to create a published record of every document that General Marshall produced. The final project consists of seven volumes and includes 4,260 documents spanning over 5,666 pages.
In addition to its extensive research work, the Marshall Foundation provides educational opportunities for college students and future military leaders. The Marshall Undergraduate Scholars program sends college history students to the Marshall Foundation to conduct primary research in the library’s archives. The Marshall Army ROTC Award Seminar also provides the top ROTC cadet at each college in the United States the opportunity to participate in a national security conference with fellow award recipients and current Army leaders. The Marshall-Arnold Air Force ROTC Award Seminar provides a similar opportunity to top senior cadets at each college with an Air Force ROTC program.
Last year, the Marshall Foundation began the Marshall Legacy Series. This is a three-year series of exhibits, lectures, and events to showcase General Marshall’s contributions during the 20th century and connects those contributions to today’s world.
This is just a snapshot of the important work the Marshall Foundation conducts to honor and preserve the legacy of General Marshall. I am honored to have such an important facility in my district, the Sixth District of Virginia. General Marshall once said, “Sincerity, integrity and tolerance are, to my mind, the first requirements of many to a fine, strong character.” I applaud the Marshall Foundation’s work in sharing Marshall’s vision and character with a new generation of Americans.
I urge passage of this resolution to honor one of America’s most sincere and distinguished public servants by congressionally designating the museum and library in Lexington, Virginia as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library.
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Background: H. Con. Res. 138 is an honorary designation, and will result in no cost to American taxpayers. The George C. Marshall Foundation was established in 1953 and officially opened in 1964 on the post of Virginia Military Institute, General Marshall’s alma mater. Since 1964, the Foundation has devoted its mission to educating the public about the important contributions of General Marshall through its Museum and Research Library. The Museum has five extensive exhibits and houses General Marshall’s 1953 Nobel Peace Prize. The Research Library collects and preserves a large collection of documents pertaining to General Marshall’s life, including domestic and military history of the 20th Century.