The Valley’s Hidden Treasures
An Antique Appraisal Show
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

Have you ever wondered about the value of a family heirloom, a flea market bargain, or a long lost item salvaged from your attic or basement?   The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in conjunction with Bonhams Auction House just maybe able to provide you with an answer. Part history, part treasure hunt, just bring your items in to the Wilson Library and Research Center, 235 West Beverley St. in Staunton, Virginia, Saturday June 22nd from 10:00am – 4:00 pm and find out the value of your hidden treasure.

The value of an item is dependent upon many factors, its condition, market trends, and the location where the object is sold.  The value of a particular item may be stated as either wholesale, at auction or retail, or for “insurance purposes”.  The values given by our panel of Bonhams experts will be “at auction” or retail values and are verbal approximations of value or opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectables, market trends, and other factors.  Although the valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can and often do vary among experts.   

Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.  The panel of experts appearing in Staunton on June 22nd includes Bonhems Director of US Jewelry, Susan Abeles.  Susan has over 29 years of experience in the auction world and with the private jewelry trade.  She continues to lecture widely, conducts charity auctions across the country, and has made appearances on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow”.  Karl Green the Director of Furniture and Decorative Arts for Bonhams New York, with a specialization in French and Continental Furniture and Decorations, Tom Lamb Director of the Books and Manuscripts Department at Bonhams, New York with experience in over 300 auctions totaling more than $400 million during his 30 years as a book specialist, Dr. Jonathan Snellenburg Director of Fine Watches and Clocks, an expert in the field of antiquarian horology who has also participated frequently as an appraiser on PBS’ “Antique Roadshow”, and Alan Fausel Vice President and Director of Fine Arts  at Bonhams of New York who conducts regular auctions of American, European, and Old Master paintings and has been a regular on the Paintings Table since the inaugural season of “Antiques Roadshow”.   

Admission to The Valley’s Hidden Treasures, Antique Appraisal Show, is $10.00 per person and includes two appraisals.  For more information contact Elizabeth Shortt at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (540) 885-0897 ext. 113 or e-mail

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