The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it will honor three retiring volunteer teachers, Betty Landes, Nan Brown, and Lucille Salatin, at a Morning Tea on Wednesday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. in the Presidential Library’s Education Parlor.  The three retirees have combined for more than 60 years of teaching Virginia schoolchildren at the Presidential Library’s school programs and summer camps.  In addition, two other teachers, Kitty Armstrong and Betty Clemmer, who will continue teaching, will be honored for their combined 36 years of service.   

The program will include tea and refreshments, a short program on Tea in the Victorian Period given by Susan Lendermon, Assistant to the Director of Education at the Presidential Library, and a ceremony honoring the three retirees and recognizing the two other volunteer teachers.  

Ellen Abernethy, WWPL Museum Educator, said “Betty Landes, Nan Brown, and Lucille Salatin have been legendary teachers at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.   By teaching thousands of children about President Wilson and his times and helping make history come alive for these students, these teachers have helped this Foundation carry out its mission for more than two decades.  The example they have set of selfless service in the pursuit of education captures the essence of President Wilson’s legacy.”  

Mrs. Landes worked for years as an interpreter at the WWPL, while Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Salatin, Mrs. Armstrong, and Mrs. Clemmer all started work with the Presidential Library after they retired from teaching in the Virginia public school system.  Mrs. Landes has worked with the WWPL for more than 25 years, Mrs. Brown for 19 years, Mrs. Salatin for 17 years, Mrs. Armstrong for 23 years, and Mrs. Clemmer for 13 years.  

All of those honored have been volunteer teachers in the WWPL’s educational outreach program, through which area students visit the Presidential Library for interactive programs that meet Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements. 

In the “Journey Into History” program and the “Professor, President, Peacemaker” program, students engage in a guided tour of Woodrow Wilson's birthplace and group activities in the Woodrow Wilson Museum and the Presidential Library’s classroom and education parlor.  The volunteer teachers have also helped with the WWPL’s summer “Journey Into History” camp, at which children participate in a three-day interactive history camp with a different theme each summer.

For more information about the Morning Tea or the Presidential Library’s education programming, contact Ellen Abernethy, Museum Educator, at, or at (540) 885-0897, ext. 110.

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