Classroom Outreach Programs

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library offers 2 outreach programs for primary education.

Field Trip Preparation

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library also offers a stand-alone outreach program, The Great War, described below.  Classroom Outreach fees are $60. At this time, the classroom outreach programs are limited to a 75-mile radius around Staunton, Virginia. 

This visit from the Museum Educator can be used as demonstration and preparation for the students' field trip to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.  The Outreach programs complement the Journey Into History and Professor, President, Peacemaker programs.  Dressed in appropriate period clothes, the Museum Educator introduces vocabulary, teaches students how to look for clues to discover the past, and engages students in discussion about relevant ideas and issues in Wilson's life and our world today.  Program length is 45 minutes.

The Great War 

An epic period in history comes alive as the Museum Educator uses an actual Great War trunk filled with artifacts and primary resources to tell the story of the Great War.  Students learn about the daily life of an American "doughboy" through his letters and photographs.  Propaganda posters illustrate how public opinion was influenced on the "home front."  This program will also emphasize the changing role of women as a result of their entry into the war overseas and the workforce at home. Duration is 40-45 minutes.  The Great War supports the following Virginia Standard of Learning for history and social studies: US11.4. 

For reservations and information, contact the Museum Educator, at or by phone at 1-540-885-0897, extension 110.


did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

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