John A. Adams '71 Center for Military History
In 2001, John A. Adams of the class of 1971 generously offered to fund a center within the Department of History at the Virginia Military Institute to “promote innovation in military history and strategic studies.” As the center took shape, it began to focus principally on military aspects--broadly defined--of the Cold War. Several paths led the organizers of the center to this concentration: first, the connection of VMI with key individuals of the time; second, the primary resources locally available (e.g., the Marshall Foundation, and “The VMI at War” archival holdings of the Preston Library); and third, the lack of an existing organization that concentrates on the military facets of the Cold War.
In 2003, VMI engaged for the center a director, Malcolm Muir, Jr., and established an advisory board composed of veterans and distinguished academics already working in the field of Cold War studies. The center now has a number of initiatives underway.