To commemorate the 160th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s birthday, The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, located at 20 North Coalter St. will hold a special birthday celebration on Wednesday, December 28th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM to honor our 28th President. The Birthplace and Museum will be open to visitors at no charge. There will be children’s activities, music by Bill Harouff and the Stonewall Flutes of the Shenandoah, and light refreshments. Members of the Pierce-Arrow Committee will be on hand to provide unique information about President Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine. This year’s Open House is made possible through the generosity of our sponsor Union Bank and Trust.

Robin von Seldeneck, President and CEO of the WWPL, said, "December 28th is one of our favorite days of the year at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, as we celebrate the birth of Woodrow Wilson with an event for the entire community."

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is open daily March 1 through December 31st and Thursday through Monday in January and February for visitors from around the world. The Presidential Library sponsors educational programming for students of all ages each year, and owns a large collection of Wilson and Wilson-era documents, many of which can be accessed on-line at the digital archive, the Wilson Library at www.woodrowwilson.org. Anyone interested in more information about the Wilson Birthday Celebration should contact Bob Robinson at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum at (540) 885-0897, ext. 102 or e-mail at rrobinson@woodrowwilson.org.

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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

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