The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will introduce its newest exhibit, Woolly Wilson, this fall thanks to grant funding from the Shenandoah Valley Kiwanis Club. Woolly Wilson will greet young guests and guide them through the museum with child friendly text, fun facts, and a scavenger hunt-all at their level.
Woolly’s design is based on the black faced sheep that closely resemble those kept on the grounds of the Manse when President Wilson lived here. These sheep were also part of the prestigious crew of animals that have called the White House home. These pets were used to trim and fertilize the lawn to keep grounds costs down during World War I, and their wool was sold at auction to raise over $52 thousand for the Red Cross.
Don Wilson, President and CEO said that “thanks to the generosity of the Shenandoah Valley Kiwanis Club, Woolly Wilson’s curriculum will complement all the children’s educational offerings at the WWPL including the 17th Annual Summer “Journey into History Camp” Pathways to the Presidency, Virginia’s Eight Presidents”.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum is located at 20N. Coalter Street in Staunton. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m. on Sundays. The WWPLM’s archival collections are accessible through its e-Library or by appointment. Visit www.woodrowwilson.org or call 540-885-0897 for more information.