Goodlatte Resolution to Designate National Marshall Museum and Library Clears House
Resolution Passed by House Honors One of America’s Most Distinguished Public Servants
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved, by voice vote, Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) resolution, H. Con. Res. 33, 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. 33 is co-sponsored by the entire Virginia delegation in the House of Representatives. The resolution was also introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Tim Kaine.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte: “It is only fitting that the House pass this resolution on the week of the 70th anniversary of Marshall’s speech at Harvard University where he proposed the comprehensive foreign assistance program that would later be coined as the Marshall Plan. General Marshall’s leadership changed the world, and without his service and contributions the United States, and for that fact the world, would surely be a different place. His legacy is well-known in the Sixth Congressional District and the City of Lexington – home to his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute. I am pleased that the House passed this resolution, and I urge the Senate to take up this resolution as well and officially recognize General Marshall’s place in history.”
Dr. Rob Havers, President of the George C. Marshall Foundation: “We are delighted to be recognized as the ‘national’ Marshall Museum and Library, a recognition that underscores our position as the home of Marshall’s legacy and also serves to affirm that Marshall continues to serve as an inspiration for the 21st century more than 50 years after his death.”
Background: H. Con. Res. 33 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. Similar legislation introduced by Congressman Goodlatte, H. Con. Res. 138, was passed in the 114th Congress by the House of Representatives.
Congressman Goodlatte spoke on the House Floor in support of the resolution. Click here for the video. Below are Goodlatte’s remarks, as prepared:
I rise today to urge passage of H. Con. Res. 33. 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.
It is only fitting that we consider this resolution on the week of the 70th anniversary of George C. Marshall’s speech at Harvard University—where he proposed a comprehensive foreign assistance program, later coined as the Marshall Plan, to help rebuild the war-torn and devastated economies in Western Europe after World War II.
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 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 last 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.
Two years ago, the Marshall Foundation began the Marshall Legacy Series. This multi-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 a distinguished institution in my district, the Sixth Congressional 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.