The Woodrow Presidential Library and Museum was delighted to be featured recently in a podcast on as well as a story on Shenandoah Valley TV. Marcy Molinaro, new Director of Operations, discussed the newly refreshed 1916 Campaign exhibit which includes an early voting machine with levers and many campaign buttons and other memorabilia from the collection of Board of Trustee member, Tony Atkiss of Texas. She also elaborated on her plans to update the 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine exhibit which features President Wilson’s car that he used while he was president and in his retirement. Some of the planned changes include turning the exhibit into a 1920’s garage with panels that describe the history of the car and its restoration, as well as video clips of Woodrow Wilson with his car shown on a big-screen TV. She mentioned that the Pierce-Arrow is still used for special occasions including local parades and some national events.

Molinaro also will be re-installing exhibits in the birthplace manse and re-interpreting the life of the Wilson family while they were living in the home. In addition, this fall she plans to introduce a foodways program which will interpret the preparation, presentation, and serving of food in the Wilson household.

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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