The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum was pleased to host Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner A. Scott Berg Tuesday August 27 for an interview with CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca.  The interview, taped on the grounds of the Wilson Library, will be aired nationally on CBS, Sunday morning, September 8, 2013, and will be in conjunction with the release on September 10, 2013 of Mr. Berg's much anticipated book "Wilson".

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration as the 28th President of the United States, and as a result of a decade of research and writing A. Scott Berg’s Wilson is a commanding, enthralling, and relevant portrait of one of America’s most influential, yet often misunderstood, presidents.   Berg drew not only on the hundreds of thousands of documents that have long comprised the Wilson Archives, but on two major new troves of documents, the manuscript collections of Wilson’s personal physician and of his second daughter Jessie Wilson Sayers.  These newly available papers shed fresh and fascinating light on Wilson’s entire life, but particularly on his private personal life and his periods of precarious health, especially his final years of incapacity, both in and out of the White House.

Perhaps ironically, as Berg contends, Wilson’s presidency in many ways parallels the issues of today’s current administration: a country divided by ideology, region, and class; storm clouds on the international horizon that threaten an ambitious domestic agenda; and a desire to guide progressive social and economic legislation through a gridlocked Congress.  Both Obama and Congress could draw vital lessons from Wilson, Berg maintains, namely, the importance of meeting regularly, sustained dialogue, and the necessity of putting aside partisan differences in the face of a grave threat, whether it be a foreign enemy or the national debt.

In addition to honoring the Wilson Library with his CBS Sunday Morning interview, A. Scott Berg will be returning to Staunton as keynote speaker for the 2013 Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Annual Luncheon.  The luncheon will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia at 12:00 pm Friday November 8th.  For more information or for reservations contact Elizabeth Shortt at or call (540) 885-0897 ext 113. 



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