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Posted by Natalie Hantho on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 in President’s Column

The Fort Vancouver National Trust Hosts Dr. Rob Havers of the Marshall Foundation

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Dr. Rob Havers has been president of the George C. Marshall Foundation since May 2014. He came to this post from his previous position as executive director of the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, an organization dedicated to the remembrance and commemoration of Sir Winston Churchill. He is a military historian whose main areas of academic and intellectual expertise include the origins and course of World War II, and the consequences that led to the Cold War. He has given numerous interviews on television and radio, and delivered speeches on Churchill and other topics at organizations throughout the country.

Dr. Havers will now be visiting Vancouver to participate in the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Ceremony on March 9 at the Artillery Barracks Building. At this event, the nominees for the awards will be honored, and the award recipients will be announced. Dr. Havers will be the keynote speaker for this event.

As an extension of the Award Ceremony, a presentation with Dr. Havers has also been added in conjunction with VBMA’s Military History Talk series.

Please join us for “Marshall and Churchill, Soldiers and Statesmen” on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30pm at the Red Cross Building (605 Barnes Street). This is a free event, but please RSVP to events@fortvan.org because seating is limited.

Dr. Havers will discuss the history of General George C. Marshall, who was stationed at the Vancouver Barracks as a Brigadier General, and later was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war. Dr. Havers will also compare General George Marshall with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and discuss similarities between these historic soldiers and statesmen.

Winston Churchill once said, "there are few men whose qualities of mind and character have impressed me so deeply as those of General Marshall. ... Succeeding generations must not be allowed to forget his achievements and his example."

Other upcoming Military History Talks include:

-March 17th: “US Army Ambulance Service in WWI” – featuring MSG Jack Giesen US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-April 21st: “Update on the Islamic State” – featuring CW3 Daniel Sockle, US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-May 19th: “Changing Army Culture, A Female Perspective” – featuring SGM Kelly Jones US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-June 16th: “The Oregon Trail and Today's Mass Migrations” – featuring Colonel Bruce Mulkey (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

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