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For more than three decades the WHI has been researching and teaching the “cause and effect” paper-trail of personal liberty and human rights; of private enterprise and constitutional government; and of charity and the explosion of faith around the world. The Institute embraces the providential view of history, which observes history as a purposeful saga under the direction of a loving Creator. This historical perspective has been the dominant view of Western Civilization from the time of Augustine in the 4th century A.D. to the 20th century. All of the resources, articles, conferences and tours of the World History Institute are created to help you in your quest to understand the world and its meaning. Winston Churchill, the eminent statesman and historian of the 20th century, said “The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history.” Like Churchill – who was faced with a great depression and then Nazi tyranny – we now face a world in economic chaos and at the brink of worldwide ideological war.
We can stare down the evils of our time, as Churchill did, and see good triumph over evil and a better day for ourselves and our children’s children. We hope you will be greatly encouraged by the powerful untold stories of history that are found in our DVD series, CDs, books, conferences and tours. These stories clearly document the fact that each individual has a vital role to play in shaping the future of the world. It is not power-seekers, tyrants and celebrities that lead the way in building successful and good civilizations.
It has always been the outnumbered, principled people of faith who have led the way to freedom by following the universal, biblical principles of nation-building.
In 1976, Dr. Marshall Foster and his wife, Patricia, founded the World History Institute, a nonprofit educational foundation, to teach the biblical and historical foundations of liberty. The World History Institute (formerly the Mayflower Institute) has become a major force in the movement to restore our nation to its Judeo-Christian heritage. The Institute has reached millions with America’s “untold heritage.”
During his lifetime, Dr. Foster trained tens of thousands through live seminars and tours, in 40 states, Canada, and Europe. He has been the co-host of a weekly syndicated radio broadcast entitled "The Story of Liberty" which has reached hundreds of thousands of Americans. Dr. Foster was received as a keynote speaker at numerous conventions, schools, churches, retreats and political and business groups. His legendary story-telling led him to be requested as a keynote speaker for Promise Keepers, Coral Ridge Ministries, Vision Forum Ministries, Reclaiming America, Christian Coalition, ACSI Christian School Conventions, Worldview Weekends and many more. He also trained the national staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, the Christian Broadcasting Network, the National Day of Prayer, James Robison Ministries, and over 100,000 business associates of Amway Corporation and Boeing Aircraft, among many others.
The World History Institute has produced numerous educational seminars. Marshall's 12 part DVD series, entitled Terror to Triumph covers the growth and impact of Christianity over the past 2,000 years. This series and the accompanying question and answer guide is being used in churches, schools and home Bible studies throughout the country. Dr. Foster also produced numerous DVD's and CD's including a four hour DVD series called Hope Four Our Time.
Since 1988, Marshall led tours of America’s historic East Coast with American Christian Tours. He is served as the Director of Christian Education with ACTS, training tour guides to lead over 10,000 students and families each year on the "trip of a lifetime".
Marshall, in collaboration with actor Kirk Cameron, was co-producer for the film, Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure, which was released in theaters nationwide in March 2012. The basis of the film revolves around the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth. The film traces the heroic and harrowing travels of the early Pilgrims and encounters the unlikely men and women who risked everything for liberty. Marshall was the co-producer of Kirk Cameron's film Unstoppable in 2013, and, alongside actor Ben Davies, co-authored a script telling the story of Alfred the Great.
His best-selling book, "The American Covenant, the Untold Story", has become an effective training tool in Bible studies, classrooms, and study groups nationwide. The American Covenant book and accompanying documentary have had a deep and lasting impact upon the grass-roots movement to restore our nation. The documentary, narrated by Marshall Foster, has aired on numerous TV programs, and has been viewed in thousands of homes, churches, schools, and study groups.
Marshall graduated in 1967 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His graduate studies were accomplished at Talbot Theological Seminary, Christian Associates Seminary, with doctoral studies completed at the California Graduate School of Theology and Cathedral Bible College. He was ordained in 1973 and earned a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Cathedral Bible College. He and his wife, Trish, had two grown children and seven grandchildren. They all continue to be blessed by his stories and share his deep love for God and for this nation. We hope you will continue to follow along as we prepare to publish a legacy of writings in the coming years.
Marshall passed away from pancreatic cancer, to be with the Lord he loved so dearly, in July of 2022. His widow, Trish, and his children, Darin Foster and Dana-Lynne Vrechek, continue the work of the World History Institute and reside in Franklin, Tennessee.