STAUNTON, VIRGINIA--The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to announce that President Woodrow Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine and the Presidential Library’s Woodrow Wilson reenactor were well-received during a recent trip to Kansas City. The Pierce-Arrow was awarded the “Most Exceptional Car” award at the June 27 Kansas City “Art of the Car Concours.” The Presidential Library’s Woodrow Wilson reenactor, Staunton resident Judd Bankert, was interviewed for a Kansas City Public Library program, “Meet the Past,” before 500 guests at the National World War I Museum on June 28. In addition, the car was on display for several days at the National World War I Museum and admired by hundreds of guests.
The Pierce-Arrow and Mr. Bankert were accompanied in Kansas City by WWPL President and CEO Don Wilson, Pierce-Arrow Committee Chair Richard Robertson, and Pierce-Arrow Committee members Bill Edwards, Al Morkunas, and Richard Obenschain. The National World War I Museum hosted and, with Thoroughbred Ford of Kansas City, co-sponsored the Pierce-Arrow’s trip to Kansas City.
The Pierce-Arrow was 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 200 vintage, classic, and special interest vehicles belonging to Kansas City area and national collectors. Vintage motorcycles, bicycles, race cars and fire trucks were also included in the show. For more information about the Concours, including photographs of the event, visit www.artofthecarconcours.com.
On June 28, the Presidential Library’s own Woodrow Wilson, portrayed by Staunton resident Judd Bankert, was interviewed before 500 guests at a Kansas City Public Library program, “Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III.” After the one-hour interview, many in the audience came forward to see the Pierce-Arrow, meet President Wilson, and take pictures of both. For more information, including photographs of the event, visit http://www.kclibrary.org/event/meet-past-woodrow-wilson.
Throughout the weekend, the Pierce-Arrow was on display at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. 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.
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. 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 “Most Exceptional Car” award is now a part of the Pierce-Arrow display at the Presidential Library. For additional information about the Presidential Library, including photos of the events, visit www.woodrowwilson.org.