National Trust for Historic Preservation


Current Exhibition

War & Art:

Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage during World War I

Through September 30, 2015

General War & Art Invitation 3

Photo: Photocinematographic  Dept. of the Italian Army, Paul Adams on the Journal visiting the Museum in Aquileia accompanied by the journalist Ugo Ojetti, 1916
Rome, Central Museum of Risorgimento

The First World War broke upon the world without precedent.  The tragedy involved not only human casualties but also the damage and destruction of cultural heritage, including works of art and architecture. This photographic exhibition illustrates the Italian people’s struggle to protect their cultural patrimony from the ravages of war.  Poignant images display efforts to sandbag and board up architectural and artistic treasures.  Prompted by the destruction of World War I, the League of Nations created the International Museum Office to oversee the protection of material culture in the global community.  One hundred years later, these photographs not only document early preservation efforts, but have also become works of art in their own right. They remind us of an enduring struggle that transcends time and cultures: to save the highest expressions of the human spirit from the destruction and savagery of war.

This exhibition has been organized by Istituto Per La Storia Del Risorgimento Italiano, Roma, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., with support from the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.

“We very much wanted to bring these images to Washington, DC. To honor the memory and commitment of those who a century ago, as done today in many areas of conflict, defended beauty and culture from the horrors of devastation. It’s a story that must not be forgotten. I hope that many representing the younger generations will go and see the exhibit at the President Woodrow Wilson House, which bears the name of a leader who built peace.”

-The Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero.


Past Gallery Exhibitions


The Art of First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson – American Impressionist (December 3, 2014 – March 8, 2015)


Please click here for more information about this encore exhibition!



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

The President Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, DC
(April 2014 – November 9, 2014)

Curator Stephanie Daugherty gives a tour of the “Images of the Great War” exhibition to C-SPAN. To view the video, click here and then click on the right hand side on “American Artifacts: World War I Images” under the video playlist.  

Elim Sur la route de Sedan 1915

Associate Manager and Curator Stephanie Daugherty gave a tour to C-SPAN 3 of the “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” exhibition. This 30-minute segment was filmed as a part of the American Artifacts programming on

Former Traveling Exhibitions

“The Art of First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson – American Impressionist”

Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut
(October 5, 2012 – January 23, 2013)

Morris Museum, Augusta, Georgia
(March 9, 2013 – May 5, 2013)

The National First Ladies’ Library, Canton, Ohio
(November 14, 2013 – May 16, 2014)

Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, Rome, Georgia
(July 1, 2014 – November 1, 2014)


“Woodrow Wilson, The President Electric”

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Staunton, Virginia
(October 2013 – March 2014)

Boyertown, Pennsylvania
(April 2014)


Artifacts from the President Woodrow Wilson House collection
 are currently on display in exhibitions at:

The Wilson Center, Washington, DC

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, Wytheville, Virginia

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Staunton, Virginia