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, 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, 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, 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, or call (540) 885-0897.

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