Launched in 2005, the Governors Council is a fifty-state initiative to locate every member of the United States Marine Corps, past and present, and their families, giving them the opportunity to be directly involved with the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Heritage Center.
The Governors Council, launched by co-chairs Governor Theodore Kulongoski (Ore.) and then Governors Matt Blunt (Mo.) and Mark Warner (Va.), raises national awareness of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Heritage Center through State Liaisons appointed by each Governor. These State Liaisons spearhead the search for all Marines in their respective states and help share information about the Museum and Heritage Center. Those whose names are submitted to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation by State Liaisons receive Foundation updates, latest information about the Museum and progress reports on the Heritage Center’s ongoing development.
The Governors Council is an important resource for connecting Marines with their National Museum and Heritage Center near the nation's capital.