Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation

  • Staunton, VA
  • www.woodrowwilson.org

Mission Statement

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is the nation's resource for research and education on the life and times of Woodrow Wilson, and seeks through timely exhibits, creative programs, a print and digital archive, a museum, and the President's birthplace, to increase understanding of the man and his ongoing legacy, and to advance Wilsonian ideals of international peace, domestic reform and an informed citizenry.

Main Programs

  1. Journey Into History Program
Service Areas

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National

Shenandoah Valley

ruling year

1939

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Robin W. von Seldeneck

Keywords

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presidential library, historic house, archive, birthplace, Pierce-Arrow, house museum

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EIN

54-0505980

 Number

0635082345

Also Known As

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Previous GoalsIncrease staff efficiency and financial sustainability.Complete renovations of new Library and Research Center.Digitize Woodrow Wilson's Presidential Papers for online accessibility.Develop a national presence for the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) through increased public relations and marketing.Current GoalsCommemorate the Centennial of Woodrow Wilson's presidency through new exhibits, programs, and symposia.Increase educational outreach to encompass all school age students as well as adult programming.Identify capital needs and make appropriate renovations to historical buildings on campus.Maintain digital archive and acquire needed Wilson materials in order to expand collections.

Programs

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Program 1

Journey Into History Program

Journey Into History delivers educational programming that includes:- school field trips, which educate +/- 2,300 students annually;- classroom outreach, which brings President Wilson and his era directly to elementary and middle schools;-The Journey Into History summer camp, which offers a variety of hands-on educational experiences for children, ages 5-12;-the Wilson Student Leadership Program for a group of 16 rising high school juniors and seniors: educators will lead a discussion of Wilson's contributions, a field trip to the US Capitol and a senator's office, and the development/presentation of individual projects that relate to leadership;- Special events that educate children on a variety of topics, such as Victorian traditions, 19th Century academics, and World War I spies and their secret communication methods.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$54,455.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Shenandoah Valley

Funding Needs

Educational program expansion including current activities plus new opportunities for increased outreach and additional staff hours to accommodate these new opportunities. Amount required per year: $75,000.Facility needs including updated HVAC, security and fire suppression systems through historic structures on campus. Amount Required: $77,500.Conduct structural facility upgrades as identified by internal and external review. Amount required: $172,500.Create interactive museum exhibits highlighting Wilson's presidency, his policy-making and the political process that is part of a democratic nation: Amount required: $250,000.Upgrade digitization software and expand digital archive records to increase online accessibility to Wilson documents: Amount required: $98,000.

Affiliations + Memberships

Virginia Association of Museums

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WOODROW WILSON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation

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Principal Officer

Ms. Robin W. von Seldeneck

BIO

Robin von Seldeneck was named CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum July 1, 2015. A passionate history buff, Robin first volunteered at the then Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation as a college student in 1991 when the Museum was being prepared to open for the first time. Prior to becoming CEO, Robin served as the COO and Director of Finance. She came to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation in January 2009 to serve as the Assistant Project Director for a Teaching American History Grant. A native of West Virginia, Robin received her undergraduate degree from Mary Baldwin College in 1992 where she majored in History and Political Science; and her Master's in Public Administration from James Madison University in 2000. Robin has extensive experience in education and management. She has worked at Mary Baldwin College, James Madison University, Stuart Hall School, and is an adjunct professor at Blue Ridge Community College. Robin lives in Staunton with her husband Eric and their two sons, Wilson and Wade. She enjoys watching football, soccer and high school basketball. Robin is an active member of the Shenandoah Valley Kiwanis Club, the Augusta Garden Club and Memorial Baptist Church, where she serves on the Finance Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Katherine Grayson Wilkins

Development Professional

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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