It’s the summer of ’66; 1866 that is, so prepare for a “dynamite” summer camp experience! Science, art, architecture, food and history come alive in a fun filled week of experiments, projects, construction, music, dance and education at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum’s 18th Annual Summer “Journey into History Camp”.  This year’s camp, entitled “The Summer of ‘66 (1866)” is designed to instill in children, ages seven to twelve years old, the knowledge and appreciation of history through a variety of fun and educational experiences. The camp runs from Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20 and participants will be able to choose from either a morning, 9:00 am -12:00 pm, or an afternoon, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, session.  Both sessions will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.
Imagine yourself  a witness to Alfred Nobel as he struggles to invent dynamite, or being one of the first to taste Mr. Breyers’ ice cream; learn about the Trans-Atlantic Telegraph, or participate in a clipper ship race; help complete the dome of the US Capital while learning to use the metric system of Weights and Measures; discover pantomime; dance to period music; visit General Mills first mill or learn about Nestles first cocoa products; enjoy snacks from a period lunch truck vendor;  visit the ASPCA’s first facility, and of course play baseball as the Cincinnati Red Stockings might have!
The cost to participate is $105.00 per child ($84 for League of Friends Members) and includes daily snacks, crafts, and a commemorative camp souvenir.  Those interested in registering or obtaining more information about the “Journey into History Camp” should contact the Education Coordinator at the Presidential Library, at (540) 885-0897, ext 122 or e-mail  Space in the camp is limited.  Registration is now open, click here to register on-line or you may register at the museum front desk.

The News Virginian



did you know?

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