The charter membership campaign for the new League of Friends ends on June 30, so sign up quick so you can be recognized on a permanent plaque in the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library!  Your support helps to underwrite exhibitions, collections care, and educational programs. It also ensures that President Wilson’s legacy—of peace, expansion of opportunities for all Americans, commitment to democratic principles, American leadership in international affairs—is preserved and shared annually with thousands of families and students.  There are many levels of giving - choose the one that works for you!  This is a  great opportunity to enjoy wonderful benefits while helping to preserve history.

All members will receive:

Free admission to the Museum
15% discount at the President’s Shop
The Wilson Review newsletter
Preferred registration for special events and educational programs
Opportunity to rent Presidential Library and Museum gardens
Recognition in the Annual Report

Membership Fee

Students and Educators-$35
Family-$100-$499 (free admission for all members of immediate family)
Small Business (fewer than twelve employees)-$100-$249
Also receives: 15% discount toward gift memberships; discount on rental facilities
Corporations-$250 and above
Also receives: 15% discount toward gift memberships; discount on rental facilities

Leadership Giving

All Leadership members also receive: quarterly report from the President and CEO; invitations to Leadership Giving events; discount on rental facilities; a commemorative gift

Presidential Circle Giving

Emily Pancake Smith Circle-$5,000 and above- To honor her service in preserving The Manse, President Wilson’s Birthplace, and leading the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation for three decades
Dolores Lescure Circle-$5,000 and above- To honor her service in establishing the Woodrow Wilson Museum and leading the Foundation, to national prominence, for more than twenty years
Arthur S. Link Circle-$5,000 and above- To honor his many years of research and writing as the preeminent Woodrow Wilson scholar and his service as Honorary President of this Foundation
Woodrow Wilson Circle-$5,000 and above- For those who do not have a connection to the above legendary figures in the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation, yet still wish to invest in the Presidential Library's future. 
All Presidential Circle members receive the Leadership Giving benefits, plus: special tours led by library and museum staff; free admission to educational programs, symposia, and special events; reserved seating at programs; preview of new exhibits and openings; invitation to annual Presidential Circle reception; special commemorative gifts.

All donors who have given $50,000 or more cumulatively over the years automatically qualify for Life Membership and are entitled to Presidential Circle benefits.

Donate Now

To download the League of Friends brochure and mail your donation to the WWPL, please click here.


did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He sought a neutral position for the United States and even won reelection with the slogan “He kept us out of war.” Nonetheless, actions by the Central Powers (notably Germany) threatened this neutrality. Following years of attacks on American shipping and citizens on the high seas, particularly the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, public opinion began to turn. The final straw came with the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, forcing the United States to declare war on the Central Powers in April of 1917, joining the war on the side of the UK, Russia, and France.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation