Virtual Field Trips
What do you get if you combine the Woodrow Wilson’s Presidential Library’s top-notch educational programs and 21st Century technology? Virtual Field Trips!
The Library & Museum will bring interactive sessions into any classroom or facility that has an Internet connection and a computer with a microphone and speakers. Our museum educators will use a state-of-the-art video conferencing system to make history come alive for students or adult groups who would not otherwise be able to visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library campus. Programs are designed to inspire curiosity and provide a deeper understanding of our present-day world through the lens of history.
Together, the educator and students will examine artifacts, photos, maps, and video clips to explore World War I, and that unique era in our country’s past. Learn about events leading up to the war and see how propaganda was used to influence public opinion on the “home front”. Explore a World War l trunk and learn about life in the trenches, and evaluate President Wilson’s involvement in the war including the Fourteen Points and the League of Nations.
If your classroom or group is too far away to visit in person, let us bring history to you! Scheduling of sessions will be conducted through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration or directly through the Library & Museum. For more information, please contact our Education Department.
Archaeology In Our Community
Why is archaeology important in history? Learn some basic archaeological techniques while seeing real artifacts from a dig done at the museum. Students will learn the basics of artifact analysis and how museums conserve and preserve these artifacts for display purposes. A visit to the museum will include learning about different artifacts on display and how their origins affected how they ended up in the museum.
Journey Into History
This popular program uses artifacts, toys, and clothing to teach students about lifestyles of the 1850s, the period when Woodrow Wilson was a young child, to today. Students are given the opportunity to dress in reproduction clothing, play games enjoyed by the Wilson children, and learn how education and other aspects of life changed as Wilson grew up in a shifting era of America.
Professor, President and Peacemaker
Primary source material such as artifacts, letters, and photographs are used to reveal Wilson's achievements as an academic, statesman, and world leader. The Professor segment utilizes a scrapbook to illustrate Wilson's years as an educator, the President portion engages students in a scavenger hunt to discover facts about Wilson's presidency, and the Peacemaker activity incorporates original objects to teach students about World War I and Wilson's goal to achieve world peace.
"Over There...Over Here, The Great War"
History comes alive with an authentic World War I trunk filled with artifacts and primary resources that tell the story of The Great War. Using letters, propaganda, photographs, and a soldier's uniform and kit, students learn about life both in the trenches and on the home front. An on-site visit includes a tour of the exciting trench exhibit, World War I: The "Doughboy" War.
Propaganda Posters - Then and Now
While political cartoons critiquing government and economic policies are nothing new, the period of the Great War designed the modern way of thinking in propaganda and social beliefs. Students will learn about propaganda posters and how they changed from the Newspaper cartoons in Harper’s Weekly and other magazines in the 1860’s to the posters we see in World War I.
Wilson, Diplomacy and the “Trenches” of Politics
Wilson’s decision to enter the war was met with many criticisms. When the Great War ended, the criticisms and accolades for his peacemaking procedures grew far and wide across the world. Diplomacy in modern politics is very similar to what Wilson dealt with, and students will discover how life in the “trenches” of politics changed during this progressive period of government.
Spies, Lies and Disguise
Under Wilson’s presidency, many new agencies were created to ensure war time propaganda, enemy code breaking and new methods of messages to the front lines of the war. Students will learn about the birth of modern spying in America while connecting early spy and coding methods to the Hollywood themes we see today in films.