President Woodrow Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine will be featured in a series of events in Kansas City June 27-29, including the Art of the Car Concours at the Kansas City Art Institute, a National World War I Museum display, and a special edition of the Kansas City Public Library’s “Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III” outdoors on the grounds of Liberty Memorial. The Pierce-Arrow, which has been restored to full working condition, is owned by and displayed at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia, where the President was born. The National World War I Museum is hosting and, with Thoroughbred Ford of Kansas City, is co-sponsoring the Pierce-Arrow’s trip to Kansas City. Media are invited to join us for a special preview of the car on Friday, June 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the National World War I Museum. For details about the preview, contact Denise Rendina, Vice President of Communications at the National World War I Museum, at (816) 784-1945.
On Sunday, June 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Pierce-Arrow will be the featured car at the Kansas City Art Institute’s “Art of the Car Concours,” the largest vintage car show in the Midwest. The Concours, a benefit for student scholarships at the Kansas City Art Institute, features a wide variety of more than 180 vintage, classic and special interest vehicles belonging to Kansas City area and national collectors. Vintage motorcycles, bicycles, race cars and fire trucks also will be included in the show. For more information about the Concours, visit www.artofthecarconcours.com, or call (816) 802-3471.
On Monday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m., the Pierce-Arrow will be featured at the National World War I Museum and will provide the background for a special edition of the Kansas City Public Library’s “Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III.” Mr. Kemper, the Library’s director, will interview Woodrow Wilson re-enactor Judd Bankert, a Staunton, Virginia, resident, who regularly portrays President Wilson at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library events. For more information and to RSVP for this event, visit www.kclibrary.org, or call (816) 701-3407.
On Tuesday, June 29, the Pierce-Arrow will be on display at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in addition to the program on Monday evening, June 28. The National World War I Museum was designated by Congress in 2004 as the United States’ official World War I Museum. The Museum presents a comprehensive interpretation of World War I and its lasting consequences, providing a vivid and memorable experience for visitors. For more information about the Museum, visit www.theworldwar.org, or call (816) 784-1918.
President Wilson first rode in his 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine when he returned from France after negotiating the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. He fell in the love with the car, and his friends bought it for him after his second term ended. It has been restored to full working order through two major renovations and is on display 360 days a year at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia. Attached is more information about the Pierce-Arrow. For additional information about the Presidential Library, visit www.woodrowwilson.org, or call (540) 885-0897.