Summer Field Trip Opportunity


The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is offering a field trip opportunity for students enrolled in summer-long camps.  A core focus of the field trip will be providing instruction in history and civic engagement- two key components to our mission. As an institution of learning, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) is committed and uniquely qualified to help young people develop 21st century skills such as accessing information, problem solving, and cultural awareness.

The WWPL believes that summer is an ideal time for students to explore new activities that peak their interest. We believe that by hosting these field trip opportunities, we are ensuring that young students develop into engaged and educated community members.

If you'd like to sponsor this summer program or volunteer during one of the sessions, please contact Heather Sutton - Education Coordinator, (540) 885-0897 ext. 122.


The field trips will last approximately two hours and cover four sections:

The History Detective: Children will use all their senses to explore the museum and participate in a scavenger hunt that will keep them on the move.  Children will go on a Museum highlights tour to experience the kind of work that historians do; from examining an artifact and discovering its secrets to analyzing the artifact for clues about the past. In the end, you will have to decide - is learning about the past important after all?

Our Stars and Stripes:  In 1916, Woodrow Wilson, the president of the United States issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.  Students will learn about the American Flag, including its history, what the symbols represent, and the proper way to display it.  Students will then create pocket flags that will be sent to American military troops.

History, Music and Art:  Did you know that President Wilson’s wife Ellen was a well-known impressionist painter?  Let’s explore some of her paintings and then create your own. Listen to 1917 Jazz music while creating your masterpiece.

Spies, Lies and Disguise: Spying and using secret codes has been used for centuries.  Did you know that the United States went to War after a telegram called the Zimmerman Telegram was decoded?  Learn simple code breaking skills and challenge your friends with your new ability to create and break top-secret documents!


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