The WWPL is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the 2015 Fall Symposium slated to begin Thursday, November 5th and concluding Friday, November 6th.  The topics to be discussed at this years symposium were selected specifically for their particular interest to the general public.  Beginning Thursday evening, November 5th at 7:00 pm, the symposium opens with former Archivist of the United States, The Honorable Don W. Wilson's presentation which was delivered recently to the employees of the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, Virginia "Woodrow Wilson and the Federal Reserve Act: The History and Importance of the Federal Reserve System."

The Symposium continues Friday morning at 10:00 am as Shenandoah National Park Interpretative Park Ranger, Michael Punches, presents "The Re-creation Experiment: The History of the National Park Service and the Shenandoah National Park."  President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service on August 25, 1916 as a seperate agency to manage the nation's National Parks and Monuments.  Following this presentation, lunch will be provided at 11:30 am in the Lescure Center of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library with an RSVP to Karen Dodson at or call at (540) 885-0897 ext. 113.

The Symposium concludes Friday afternoon at 1:30 pm as Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies author, Kristie Miller, presents "Take Good Care of My Husband: The Death of Ellen Wilson and Woodrow's Courtship of Edith Galt" as she discusses the period of Woodrow Wilson's life between the death of his first wife Ellen and his courtship of his second wife Edith.  A book signing will follow this presentation.

All three seminars are free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and will take place in the Library and Reserarch Center of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum located at 235 East Beverley  St.,  Staunton, VA .  Those interested in receiving more information abouut the Symposium should contact Andrew Phillips, Curator at the WWPL at or call at (540) 885-0897 ext. 111. 



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