The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in conjunction with Susan Abeles and Gertraud Hechl of Bonhams Auction House will conduct a hands-on jewelry workshop at the Wilson Library and Research Center, 235 East Beverley St. in Staunton, Virginia, Friday June 27 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.  After a light lunch the experts will pass on their firsthand knowledge for the care and valuation of antique jewelry to the participants of Jewelry 101 with Bonhams Auction House. 

The value of jewelry is dependent upon many factors, its condition, market trends, and the location where the jewelry is sold.  The value of a particular item may be stated as either wholesale, at auction or retail, or for “insurance purposes”.  The values given by our panel of Bonhams experts will be “at auction” or retail values and are verbal approximations of value or opinions formed from their knowledge of jewelry, market trends, and other factors.  Although the valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can and often do vary among experts.  

Bonhams Auction House  is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art, antiques, and jewelry. The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.  The Jewelry workshop will be conducted by Bonhams Director of US Jewelry, Susan Abeles along with Gertraud Hechl Virginia Representative for Bonhams, Washington D.C.  Susan has over 29 years of experience in the auction world and with the private jewelry trade.  She continues to lecture widely, conducts charity auctions across the country, and has made appearances on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow”. 

Admission to the workshop is $30.00 per person for non-members and $25.00 for League of Friends members and includes lunch.  Individual jewelry appraisals are by appointment before or after the workshop and are $10.00 per item.  For more information, a reservation, or an appointment for Jewelry 101 with Bonhams Auction House contact Elizabeth Shortt at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (540) 885-0897 ext. 105 or e-mail   All proceeds to benefit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Click Here to Register On-line

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