STAUNTON, VIRGINIA—The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will, in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial, host a teacher institute, “Hands-On on the Home Front,” on Wednesday, July 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The institutes, aligned with Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning, are targeted to Virginia and U.S. History middle school and high school teachers in Virginia. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Sam Schaffer, Assistant Dean of Faculty at Washington D.C.’s St. Albans School.

This summer will be the eleventh year presenting the See Freedom Speak Teacher Institutes. For 2016, the Institute has put together an outstanding lineup of interesting topics, locations and well qualified guest speakers – including combat veterans from World War II and the Global War on Terrorism who will relate their first hand experiences. Also included will be university scholar lecturers and historians, book author presentations, and tours of hosting venues. The goal is to give teachers the additional knowledge and resources to make history come alive in their classrooms. We encourage middle school and high school teachers from across Commonwealth to attend and register early as space is limited.

The institutes are eight one-day professional development opportunities offered free of charge to public and private school teachers. Institutes will be held at the Virginia War Memorial and other partner locations throughout the Commonwealth (see below). Each program begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and includes a complimentary lunch. All eight of the programs are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards (SOLs) and are eligible for teacher relicensure points. Remember, there is no registration fee, and teachers may register to attend one or more of the programs.

For more information, visit the Virginia War Memorial website,, or contact Heather Sutton at or (540) 885-0897 ext.122.


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