Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Infobox presidential library
name = Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

caption =
location = Staunton, Virginia, USA
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completion_date =
dedication_date =
rededication_date =
named_for = Woodrow Wilson
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manager = Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation
Infobox_nrhp | name =Wilson, Woodrow, Birthplace
nrhp_type = nhl

caption =
location= Staunton, Virginia
lat_degrees = 38
lat_minutes = 9
lat_seconds = 1
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 79
long_minutes = 4
long_seconds = 9
long_direction = W
locmapin = Virginia
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built =1856
architect= Unknown
architecture= Greek Revival
designated= July 19, 1964cite web|url=http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=705&ResourceType=Building
title=Wilson, Woodrow, Birthplace|accessdate=2008-06-27|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service
added = October 15, 1966
governing_body = Private
refnum=66000926cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library houses Woodrow Wilson materials from during and immediately after his life time, as well as memoirs of those who worked with him, and governmental volumes concerning World War I. The library is located at the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, at 18–24 North Coalter Street in Staunton, Virginia. The library is home to the Woodrow Wilson presidential car, a Pierce Arrow limousine.

The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace is referred to as The Manse, which is the name of a Presbyterian minister's home. The Manse was constructed in 1846 by the Staunton First Presbyterian Church. It has twelve rooms with twelve fireplaces, and cost about $4,000. The Wilson family moved into the house in 1855. At that time the family only consisted of his two parents, Jessie Woodrow Wilson and Joseph Ruggles Wilson, and their two daughters Marion and Annie, who were about four and two years old, respectively. Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in what is now called the "birth room" on December 28, 1856. The Wilsons left the Manse in early 1858 when Joseph Wilson accepted a call from a congregation in Augusta, Georgia.

After the Wilsons moved out of the Manse it remained a Presybterian minister's home well into the 1920s. It was only after Woodrow Wilson's death that his widow, Edith Wilson, returned to Staunton with plans of creating a memorial. The House was restored to its 1850's look over the next 80 years, which included removing bathrooms, changing light fixtures, and stripping paint. Recently the Manse was restored to its original red brick, having been painted white for almost a century.

External links

* [http://www.woodrowwilson.org/ Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library]

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