The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to host a teacher institute in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial this summer. The institute, "Coming Home:  Doughboys Return from WWI," will be offered at the Presidential Library in Staunton on Monday, August 1, 2011, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and is open at no charge to all Virginia middle and high school teachers who teach Virginia and U.S. History.  The class is aligned with Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning.  The guest speaker will be William T. Walker, Jr., a former associate Vice President of William and Mary College, historian, and author of a book on World War I.  He also was involved with the Presidential Library's new World War I exhibit and planned and co-led a World War I battlefield tour last October.

This institute will be the second in a series on Woodrow Wilson and World War I offered by the Virginia War Memorial in partnership with the Presidential Library.  The first institute, "Over There - Virginian's Fight to End All Wars (1917-1918)," will take place on Monday, July 25, 2011 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond.  Brigadier General John “Jack” Mountcastle, USA (Ret.), former Chief of Army Military History, will be the guest speaker.

For more information on these and seven other teacher institutes around Virginia, visit the Virginia War Memorial website or contact Candi Shelton at

Click here for a flyer about the Virginia War Memorial teacher institutes.


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