The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum has embarked on an historic campaign to raise $1.5 million to acquire, renovate, retrofit, and endow a beautiful historic two-story mansion, called Kenwood by its previous owners, directly adjacent to the Dolores Lescure Center, which houses the Woodrow Wilson Museum. This building will be renovated into a comprehensive Library and Research Center that will be fully integrated into the existing campus. Converting this historic property into a premier library and research center is an elegant, appropriate, and responsible answer to pressing needs for additional space. The building is an immediate solution for the responsible storage of papers in a state-of-the-art archival storage system, and is large enough to support future acquisitions.
Moving the library and archival functions from the Dolores Lescure Center to this new facility will also have the benefit of opening up space for enhanced educational programs and growing tourism to the Museum. The purchase and retrofitting of this property will create a cohesive campus filled with historic buildings while retaining and preserving a home consistent with Victorian Staunton at a cost that is 300% less expensive than new construction. Put another way, a new library and archive is a major step in the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum's goal of creating a public institution that uses history to promote civic health at a time of tremendous need – for Virginia, for our nation, and for the world.