National Trust for Historic Preservation


December 2013 – July 2014

Holidays through History @ Woodrow Wilson House
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

December 14, 2013
Holidays Through History
Open House, 4 pm – 8 pm

Celebrate the season with this special tour through four of Washington’s most beautiful historic homes, Anderson House, Dumbarton House, Tudor Place and the President Woodrow Wilson House.

Enjoy festive period decorations and music from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties. Shuttle service provided between the sites. The Wilson House will feature a ten-foot tree adorned with electric lights in the solarium, light refreshments and the opportunity to create your own Christmas Ornament.

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(If you would like to visit only Wilson House during the event, you can buy tickets at the door for $10/adult and $5/child)

Meet President Wilson @ The President Woodrow Wilson House
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Meet President Wilson!

The museum will be open in honor of President’s Day – and President Wilson himself will be welcoming guests to his home! Meet the President and hear him discuss “the role and meaning of the President” on guided tours through the house he shared with his wife Mrs. Edith Wilson after his term as President.

The President will speak on “The Role and Meaning of the President.”

Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5, Children under 12 Free


Speakeasy Bash @ The President Woodrow Wilson House
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Speakeasy Bash! 7pm – 9pm

In 1919, President Wilson vetoed the Volstead Act, which outlawed all alcoholic beverages stronger than one-half of 1 percent. (His veto was overridden.) Join us as we open the doors to the former President’s house for an old-fashioned speakeasy bash.

Live music by the “swingin’ jazz quartet” Laissez Foure, dancing and dance demo by Jam Cellar, 1920s costume contest with prizes. Light refreshments and vintage cocktails – drinks sponsored in part by Blackwater Distilling and Sloop Betty Vodka!

You won’t want to miss this!

Host Committee
Stephanie Fischer, Allison Gaston-Enholm, Holidae Gavin, Philip Greene, Dianne McRae, Diana Minshall, Garrett Peck, Lauren Pillsbury, Brittany Prime, Sophy Pyle, Zeid Stalla, Chris Whittaker

Visit our Facebook page for photos from our Speakeasy Bash last year.

Ticketed event (21+ only) — Date Nights DC partner, special couples ticket price!

*UPDATE: Like you, we are keeping a close eye on the weather and snow predictions for Wednesday night. We will decide by Noon on Thursday, February 13, whether or not the “Speakeasy Bash” will be cancelled due to weather and post a notice here, and on our Facebook page, of that decision.

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“Fighting for Their Country, Fighting for Their Rights: Black Soldiers and WWI” Presentation by A’Lelia Bundles @ The President Woodrow Wilson House
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A’Lelia Bundles will discuss the experience of African-American soldiers during WWI at an evening presentation at the President Woodrow Wilson House.

Bundles, a long time journalist and author, is now chairman of the Foundation for the National Archives and a Columbia University trustee.

Light refreshments provided.
Ticketed event.

“Images of the Great War” Gallery Exhibition Opening @ The President Woodrow Wilson House
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Images of the Great War
The European Offensives – 1914-1916
World War I Prints and Drawings from the 
Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection
Brown University Library

April 3, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 pm

The President Woodrow Wilson House
2340 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Free event. Please RSVP online by following the Ticket Link.
Refreshments provided.

Mother’s Day Centennial Luncheon @ The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day with a Centennial Luncheon at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, two blocks from the White House, for the benefit of
The President Woodrow Wilson House.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of President Wilson’s proclamation of Mother’s Day as a National Holiday. In celebration of the Centennial, the Willard InterContinental – where President Wilson himself visited and introduced the idea of the League of Nations to the American public – has partnered with The President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. to create a memorable Mother’s Day experience.

The Mother’s Day Centennial Luncheon – The President Woodrow Wilson House with support of the Willard InterContinental, offers a luncheon with dessert buffet for $100 per person, $40 for children 12 and under (children under 5 free) to benefit the President’s historic residence in Washington, D.C. Celebrate the mothers in your life, as well as the centennial of this national holiday, amidst the lavish décor of the Crystal Room. Live music, vintage fashions and an indoor-floral stand will create a one of a kind experience to enjoy with friends and family.

Reservations can be made until midnight, Saturday May 10.

Don’t miss the “Flashback Lobby” inside the Willard Intercontinental during Mother’s Day weekend. Guests will enjoy a 1914 ambiance in the hotel’s grand lobby, with President Wilson himself, courtesy of Madame Tussauds Washington DC; a vintage floral stand designed by Greenworks offering corsages and bouquets for sale; costumed people courtesy of Amalgamated Clothing in Alexandria, Virginia, and musicians offering songs reminiscent of the era. Wine provided by Big Cork Vineyards in Maryland’s Pleasant Valley.

In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May a nationwide observance of Mother’s Day “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” To read the full 1914 Proclamation, click here.

Please contact The President Woodrow Wilson House with any questions – we would be pleased to hear from you:
Kelsey Clark, Communications Coordinator or call at (202) 387-4062 ext. 41228.

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The 26th Annual Garden Party @ The President Woodrow Wilson House
May 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Join The President Woodrow Wilson House Property Council and the Benefit Host Committee
in welcoming Spring to Washington!

This annual benefit to support the historic preservation of President Wilson’s historic D.C. residence will feature live music, Spring Hats and specialty cocktails in the President’s 2-tiered back garden.

Prizes will be awarded to Spring Hats in the following categories:
Best Ladies’, Best Gentlemen’s, Best Use of Fresh Flowers, Most Creative.

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Narmada Winery, Occasions Catering, Maryland’s Own Sloop Betty Vodka, Tuckernuck,
Vida Tequila, Washington Life Magazine, Wolcott Hill Group.

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The Benefit Host Committee

Stuart & Ruth Brahs
Katherine Engelhard Pingree & David Andrew Dick

Ambassador & Mrs. Victor Ashe
Alex A. Beehler
Victoria J. Brademan
Michael Welch Dendas
Edward F. Gerber
Wilma C. Grise
Dr. Dianne T. McRae
Ellen H. Proxmire
Eleonore Wotherspoon

Committee Co – Chairs:
Charlotte Grassi Aukamp
Lauren Annicelli Bennitt
Diana C. Minshall
Brittany L. Prime

Host Committee:
William B. Alexander VI
Emily Berce
Chris Borgeson
Francis B. Brogan III & Brooke A. Henderson
Chris & Megan Coleman
William Collier
Jenn Coursen
Molly Cox
William Riggs Cox
Zach Dendas
W. Malcolm Dorson
Elisabeth Collins Dupuy
Laura Eshelman
Stephanie Fischer
Emily Flowers
Sally Francis
Allison Gaston-Enholm & Zeid Stalla
Hayley Harper Gaston-Enholm
Jennifer Paquette Galloway
Ashley & Mike Gula
Sarah Hackman
Nancy Harper
Bill Hatfield
Caroline Healey
Courtney Howell
Francisco Antonio Hoyos III
Brooke & Keith Huffman
Tisha E. Jepson
Angie Jusino
Samir N. Kapadia
Mary & Terrence Keaney
Reed & Julie Landry
Gerrit Lansing & Christyn Keyes
Christina Lewis
Allison Matthews
James C. Maxwell
Kris & Steve McBrady
Meredith Casey McPhillips
Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan
Cori Sue Morris
G. William Rabbe Jr.
Katharine Ragsdale
Liz Sara
Torrey Ford Shallcross
Liza Tanner
Katherine & James Tyrrell
Alex & Andrea Walker
Jennifer A. N. White
Lucien Zeigler & Sophie Pyle



DKMC Walk Weekend @ Woodrow Wilson House
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm

SATURDAY, June 7 // 10 am – 4 pm

SUNDAY, June 8 // 1 pm – 5 pm

Discover seven diverse museums in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Save on gas and museum admission by hitting the pavement and taking a walking tour or riding the free shuttle between sites. Visit in any order you choose!

Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend is the perfect excuse to explore D.C.’s “off-the-mall” museums. In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, many sites are offering special programs, including vintage garden games at the Wilson House.

Local Partners: Restaurants and shops in the Dupont-Kalorama area will offer discounts to Walk Weekend participants. Show your Walk Weekend brochure (available at any site) to receive:

- 10% off purchase at Firehook Bakery
- 10% off purchase at Teaism
- 15% off purchase at Looped Yarn Works

More information is available online at

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Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The songs of World War I are unusually revealing of the values and beliefs of their time. They show how American attitudes changed between 1914 and 1917, from “I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be a Soldier” to “Over There,” Most telling, though, were the love songs of those years, with their emphasis on parting, separation, and the longing to return. Then the songs changed abruptly when the War ended to express a new worldview that signaled the emotional and cultural beginning of the 20th century.

Part of a series of events by the President Woodrow Wilson House commemorating the beginning of WWI in Europe. In tandem with “Images of the Great War” exhibition in the Wilson House gallery.

“He doesn’t sing and he doesn’t dance, but he knows all there is to know about American popular music.”

MCMXIV: The Origins of the Great War @ The President Woodrow Wilson House
Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm



In the summer of 1914, World War I erupted with a spasm of violence.  A century later, we ask “Why?”  What were the origins of the Great War that forever changed the world?

Millions died, empires fell, nations arose, and the League of Nations emerged. Join us to discuss the circumstances that led to war and the lessons we can learn.

The Embassy of the German Federal Republic and The President Woodrow Wilson House host a panel discussion with the Executive Director of The President Woodrow Wilson House, Robert A. Enholm, as the moderator. The panel will feature the following:

- Professor Dr. Michael Epkenhans, Director of Historical Research at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces at Potsdam and Professor at Potsdam University.  Professor Epkenhans authored Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz:  Architect of the German Battle Fleet (2008) as well as (with Ralf Stremmel) Friedrich von Krupp:  Ein Unternehmer im Kaiserreich (2010).

- Professor Mustafa Aksakal is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the author of The Ottoman Road to War in 1914 (2008).  He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has recently held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

- Professor Elizabeth Thompson is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the author of Justice Interrupted:  The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East (2012).  She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has recently held fellowships from National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the United States Institute of Peace.

The panel will be in the Dining Room, and the adjacent Drawing Room will be set up as an overflow room with a viewing monitor.  Doors open at 4:45 pm, and seating is on a first come basis. Refreshments and reception to follow.


Please feel free to contact Allyson Saca, Communications Coordinator, at