The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to host its annual Victorian Valentine’s Day Celebration and Tea Saturday February 1 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Wilson Library.  Join the museum educators as they celebrate Valentine’s Day much in the same way the Woodrow Wilson’s would have.  Enjoy a traditional taffy pull, create a marbleized autograph book, delight in lighthearted love stories as told by local storytellers and conclude with a delicious three course tea.  The Tea is suggested, but not limited to, children six to twelve years of age.  Should it snow the Valentine Tea will be held Saturday February 8th.  The cost to participate is $25.00 per child. 
This event is one of the WWPL’s educational programs for children.  The Presidential Library regularly hosts area students for interactive programs that meet Virginia Standards of Learning requirements.  In the “Journey into History” program, the “President, Professor, Peacemaker” program, and the “Great War” program, students tour President Wilson’s birthplace and participate in group activities in the Woodrow Wilson Museum.  The WWPL also takes outreach programs to schools and hosts a summer “Journey into History” camp, a five day interactive history camp with different historical themes each summer.
Those interested in registering or obtaining more information about the event should contact the Museum Educator at the Presidential Library,(540) 885-0897, ext 110,  or e-mail  Space in the event is limited.  Registration is now open, and forms are available on-line or for pick-up at the museum front desk.




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