Staunton: Presidents’ Day at Woodrow Wilson Library & Museum … free admission for children

Woodrow Wilson Presidential LibraryBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Celebrate Presidents’ Day at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

Children and students accompanied by an adult will be admitted free this Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Guests will receive a guided tour of Wilson’s birthplace, the Presbyterian Manse, the home provided by the church for the Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson and his family.

Interpreters will take you back to 1856 when Wilson was born and discuss his family, upbringing, and the lifestyle of the period.  Tours are 35 minutes.  Visitors may then continue with a self-guided tour of the museum and explore President Wilson’s life through a series of galleries.  The museum also features the President’s original 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine and a recreated World War I trench complete with lights and sound.  Guests may also enjoy walking through the gardens behind the Manse that were designed by Charles Gillette, and visit the President’s Shop for unique gifts.

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is open daily March 1 through December 31 and Thursday through Monday in January and February for visitors from around the world.  The Presidential Library also sponsors educational programming for thousands of schoolchildren each year and hosts a variety of other educational symposia and boasts a large collection of Wilson and Wilson-era documents.
Anyone interested in more information about the Presidents’ Day event should contact Bob Robinson at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum at (540) 885-0897, ext. 102, or
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