STAUNTON, VIRGINIA--The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it will host a one-day fall workshop for 25 Virginia history teachers on Tuesday, October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The workshop continues the third year of a three-year program of history education seminars for high school teachers from Waynesboro Public Schools and seven other Virginia school districts. The program is made possible by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Waynesboro Public Schools received the grant in partnership with the Presidential Library, Augusta County Schools, Amherst County Schools, Fredericksburg City Schools and Winchester Public Schools. Teachers from Staunton City, Rockingham County, and Rockbridge County will also be participating.

The workshop prepares participants for a week-long summer institute, to be held in June, 2011, in a professional development curriculum entitled “Critical Connections in American History.” After the institute, the teachers will continue the program with visits to the American Museum of Science and Energy and the Oakridge National Laboratory in Oakridge, Tennessee. The curriculum is designed to improve the teachers’ knowledge and appreciation of American history by focusing on critical connections in America’s past. During the third year of the program, which focuses on the 20th century, the teachers will examine four topics: Woodrow Wilson and American interventionist foreign policy, the Depression and World War II in American memory, the Cold War, and the United States and globalization.

Through the participating teachers, the Teaching American History grant will enhance the history education of thousands of students. The project is designed to strengthen teachers’ understanding of American history and national development, provide knowledge of primary documents and material artifacts, demonstrate the use of advanced technology and, ultimately, improve students’ performance on standardized tests in American history.

Those interested in more information about this program should contact Dr. Joel Hodson, Director of Education at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, at (540) 885-0897, extension 103, or

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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