The April 2011 edition of Recreation News spotlighted the Shenandoah National Park and visiting Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum where vistors can experience the immersive World War I trench exhibit, as well as President Wilson's Pierce-Arrow limousine.  People are flocking to Shenandoah National Park to celebrate its 75th anniversary this year.  After leaving the park, there are many options that tourists can choose from including Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.  The excitingWorld War I exhibit features a bunker and trench that guests can walk through to get a sense of what life was like for American "Doughboys" as they fought in Europe during World War I.  The exhibit has actual battle sound recordings that were recorded during the war, and it even has a periscope that vistors can look through in order to look above the trench to see the same scene that the soldiers were seeing during battle.  The realistic triage area causes guests to pause and think about the sacrifices that these soldiers endured.

Guests can also enjoy a guided tour of Woodrow Wilson's beautiful birthplace manse, a pre-Civil War home which features the president's crib and other family treasures, as well go on a self-guided tour of the Woodrow Wilson Museum.  Also on the grounds is a lovely historic garden and the President's Shop, which has unique gifts.

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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