The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Who was George Catlett Marshall and why do we ask?


Quick: Think of the words “military man” and “Shenandoah Valley” and what names pop into your mind?  Perhaps Robert E. Lee?  “Stonewall” Jackson?  

Certainly these names are forever synonymous with Valley history, and particularly here in the Lexington, Va. home of these two legendary American Civil War generals.

But there is another military man whose life we can discover in the Shenandoah Valley's Lexington, one whose more recent legacy has left perhaps a most enduring impact on the entire modern world: George C. Marshall.

Although Marshall was born in Uniontown, Pa., he began his long and distinguished career of service at Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated in 1901, and where his Foundation and Museum has been located since 1964.

The Marshall Foundation building houses several floors of public museum exhibits and extensive archives that relate to Marshall's long career.

The building that's home to the George C. Marshall Foundation seems to blend in almost too easily with the uniform, no-nonsense-yet-elegant style of the VMI campus, or “Post” – as it's formally termed. The Marshall Foundation can be found on the south side of the large, square, central Parade ground.

The building's unassuming setting in the VMI Post could possibly resonate with Marshall's tendency to want to  “blend in” and stay focused on achieving results. His quiet character just one extraordinary characteristic that made Marshall the notable man that he was.

Wintertime in the Valley
Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia

Yea, and furr'd moss besides, when flowers are none, To winter-ground thy corse.   January days may be cold, but it's always warm inside Shenandoah Valley theaters. And the solidude of Winter trail walks, the glitter of famous caverns and the outdoor excitement at area resorts all beckon, should cabin fever ever strike.

  Happening today

Art exhibition at James Madison University

Music Library, Room B59, Music Building. The little Gallery Underground Exhibition. Blues: music you feel and hear by Greg Versen. Open during Music Library hours, Feb. 1 through March 7. For more information, visit

Art exhibition at James Madison University

Duke Hall Gallery. Chris Cornelius Architectural Design/Mixed Media. Runs Jan. 11 through Feb. 19, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Art exhibition at Bridgewater College

Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery. Rivers and Roads: American Landscape, Two Perspectives by Scott Jost, associate professor of art. Runs Feb. 8 through March 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Artists Talk and Reception on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m., Artist Talk at 5:50 p.m. Free admission, open to the public.

Museum Exhibition at James Madison University

Lisanby Museum, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center. Coming Forth By Day: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt, Runs Feb. 1 thorugh Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free admission. For more information, visit

Virtual Visits at Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Va.

18 North Coalter St. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library offers virtual visits, using state-of-the-art video conferencing technology. Compatible with public school program standars. Presentations may be scheduled at or directly through the museum. For more information, call 540-885-0897, extension 112, or visit

Lunchtime Lyceum program at Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg, Va.

174 S. Main St. Meeting Room. Poet and publisher Mari Selby features poems from her published book ,Lightning Strikes Twice. Format for adults and homeschoolers. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit

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Cedar Creek Battlefield Encampment

Each October, a Civil War living history reenactment commemorates the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek at Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia.

About Hank Zimmerman

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