In June 1947, U.S. Secretary of State George
C. Marshall delivered a commencement address at Harvard
University that would change the course of European history.
Marshall emphasized Europe's failing economies, proposed
U.S. assistance and challenged war-torn nations to work
together. Inspired by his vision, seventeen Western European
countries set aside old rivalries to cooperate and rebuild.
"The recovery of Europe has been far
slower than had been expected. Disintegrating forces are
becoming evident. The patient is sinking while the doctors
deliberate", stated Secretary Marshall during his radio
speech to the nation April 28, 1947.
The Marshall Plan: Vision of a Family of
Nations, is an exhibit produced by The United States
Department of State Diplomacy Center, in conjunction with
the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. The exhibition
is on permanent display at the historic Hôtel de Talleyrand
in Paris, European headquarters of the Marshall Plan.
The exhibit is part of the United States
Diplomacy Center’s mission to create a new museum
dedicated to the history, practice and challenges of American
diplomacy. The Museum will meet the need for a deeper understanding
of how diplomacy shaped our nation and affects every person
Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations; United States Diplomacy Center; and Amy Garrett, Ph.D., Office of the Historian: United States Department of State; Christenson Associates: Researchers and Authors; Profs. Emanuel Wexler and Sherrill B. Wells, Scholarly Advisors; Silvia Thompson.