The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that Peggy L. Dillard, a former Librarian and Archivist with the George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, is the new Director of Library and Archives for the Presidential Library.  Ms. Dillard will oversee the Presidential Library’s large collection of Wilson and Wilson-era documents and photographs and the Wilson e-Library, the digital archive on which many of these documents are posted for students, teachers, scholars, and the public to access for free.  She will oversee the Library and Archives Department’s impending move to the new Library and Research Center, a historic building adjacent to the Presidential Library campus the Foundation recently purchased and is renovating.   

Don W. Wilson, President and CEO of the WWPL, said, “We are honored that Peggy Dillard has joined our staff and will oversee our efforts to collect, preserve, and make accessible important historical documents.  She will help us continue to serve our mission of educating people of all ages about President Wilson and his times.”

Ms. Dillard has extensive library and archive experience.  In addition to her four years at the Marshall Foundation, she has worked as an historian with Belle Grove Plantation; a government documents librarian at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; an editor for the papers of Jefferson Davis at Rice University in Houston, Texas; and a librarian at an American military post in Germany.  Her publications include Volume 10 of The Papers of Jefferson Davis and “History of the Brumback and Hunnewell Families at Belle Grove.”     

In addition to its Library and Archives, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is open 360 days a year for guests from around the world to tour the President’s Birthplace, the historic gardens, and the Woodrow Wilson Museum, including the President’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine.  The Presidential Library also sponsors educational programming for thousands of schoolchildren each year and hosts teachers’ institutes and a variety of other educational symposia.  In addition, the Presidential Library attracts top-flight speakers, including Scott Berg, Larry Sabato, Cokie Roberts, Bill Schneider, and Robert Samuelson.  


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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