Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum Announces Free Family Activities for Red Brick District Roll-out

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum announced today a series of free activities for the entire family, including music, juggling, parrots, and storytelling, for Saturday, October 17.   The activities are a part of the roll-out this week of the Red Brick District--Staunton’s Arts and Culture District.  The family activities are scheduled for 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. upstairs in the Museum building, the Dolores Lescure Center.  

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is an active member of the Staunton Arts and Culture Council and is included in the Red Brick District--Staunton’s Arts and Culture District.  The Staunton City Council approved the district this year and the Presidential Library’s activities are part of a series of activities around the district this week.  

Free activities on Saturday, October 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., include:  

Singing by Emily Henline, star of ShenanArts’ Annie and performer at the Virginia Junior Opry  

Story-telling by Mack and Joan Swift  

Juggling with Carter and Craig Green  

Demonstration of talented parrots with Karen and Gary Church  

Ongoing games and crafts, including Victorian toys and making calling cards  

In addition, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., visitors may go on a guided tour of President Wilson’s Birthplace and tour the Woodrow Wilson Museum for a special reduced admission price.  Adults will be charged $5.00 and children 12 and under will be admitted for free for the tours.  

Those with questions about the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum’s activities for the Red Brick District roll-out should contact Janet James, Manager of Marketing at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, at (540) 885-0897, ext. 115, or at jjames@woodrowwilson.org.


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.

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A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

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A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

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