Federal funding for Wilson library

Item by Chris Graham

Legislation creating grants from the National Archives to go toward the establishment of a presidential library for Staunton native Woodrow Wilson passed a congressional committee last week.

HR 1664 commits public monies to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library as part of a public-private partnership. The library would have to raise twice the amount of any grants from private sources before being able to tap into the grants.

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte is the measure’s sponsor.

“As a statesman, scholar and president, Woodrow Wilson faced economic crisis, democratic decay, and a world war, Goodlatte said. “Presidential historians agree that World War I, and President Wilson’s leadership, radically altered the role of diplomacy as a tool of foreign policy – a policy that established a new path for America’s role in promoting democracies throughout the world.

“Woodrow Wilson, President from 1913 to 1921, is the most important recent President without a Presidential library or repository of important records. The establishment of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will enable folks to learn more about the life and work of our nation’s 28th president,” Goodlatte said.

Chris Graham is the executive editor of The Augusta Free Press.

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