STAUNTON, VIRGINIA—The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that, in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial, it is hosting a teacher institute, “Over There—Over Here: An In-depth Look at World War I,” on Tuesday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Presidential Library and the War Memorial will hold a nearly identical program the following week, on Tuesday, August 3, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. The institutes, aligned with Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning, are targeted to Virginia and U.S. History middle school and high school teachers in Virginia. In Staunton, the guest speaker will be Dr. Edward Lengel, University of Virginia professor and author of To Conquer Hell: The Meuse Argonne 1918, who will speak at 10:25 a.m. In Richmond, the guest speaker will be Brigadier General John "Jack" Mountcastle, former Chief of Army Military History.

These two institutes are among ten single-day See Freedom Speak institutes that the Virginia War Memorial and their partners are holding across Virginia this summer to examine history from the Civil War through the Cold War. These programs are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning and will be targeted for teachers from all grade levels at both public and private schools. Institutes are being held on various dates June through August. Registration is closed for all institutes.

At the institutes, educators will examine topics including the personal stories from the Vietnam War, the historical invasion of D-Day on the shores of France, and the Native Americans’ extraordinary sacrifice during war. The institutes offer an opportunity for teachers from across Virginia to exchange instructional ideas. Additional resources will be available for classroom use that will create an atmosphere in which students desire more information about these history changing events and people. In addition to Dr. Lengel and Brigadier General Mountcastle, guest speakers include former Chief of Army Military History; Brigadier General Jack Nicholson, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission; Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, President, Women In Military Service To America Memorial; Mike Gorman, National Park Service historian; Francis Gary Powers, Jr., founder of the Cold War Museum and son of the famous U-2 pilot; and Dr. Herman Viola, author, historian, and curator emeritus with the Smithsonian Institution.

For more information, visit the Virginia War Memorial website,, or contact Candi Shelton at or (804) 786-2062.

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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