STAUNTON, VIRGINIA— The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it will host a group from the international Rolls Royce Owners’ Club for a morning tour and lunch on Thursday, May 7, during the group’s week-long visit to the Shenandoah Valley.

The visit to the Presidential Library is part of the Rolls Royce Owners’ Club’s 2009 Spring Tour of the Shenandoah Valley.  The group will spend the week, Sunday through Saturday, May 3-9, in the area.  On Monday, the group is traveling to Monterey for the day.  On Tuesday, the group will visit Lexington, then return to Staunton for a 6:00 p.m. dinner at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.  On Wednesday, the group will travel to Bedford.  On Thursday, the group will spend the day in Staunton, starting at 10:00 a.m. with a tour of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, including a special review of President Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine with members of the WWPL Pierce-Arrow Committee.  After the tour, the group will have lunch in the gardens at the WWPL with staff and members of the Pierce-Arrow Committee.  More than forty members of the club will visit the WWPL.  On Friday, the group will travel to Luray.
The Rolls Royce Owners’ Club is open to all with an interest in Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles.  Members receive the benefits of enjoying their cars together and sharing information about Rolls Royces and Bentleys.  The club, founded in 1951, is based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  There are more than 9,000 members worldwide.

The visit is a part of a busy week at the Presidential Library, including a talk by Newsweek and Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson on Friday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in Staunton; the fourth annual Wilson First Families Reunion from Thursday, May 7, until Saturday, May 9; and a talk by military historian Edward Lengel on Saturday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. at the Library and Research Center at the Presidential Library.

Those interested in more information about the Rolls Royce Owners’ Club’s visit to the WWPL or other events this week should contact Nancy McIntyre, the WWPL Director of Development, at (540) 885-0897, ext. 118, or at

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