Military historian to keynote Wilson First Families Reunion

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library has announced that University of Virginia Professor Edward G. Lengel, a noted military historian, will be the keynote speaker at its Fourth Annual Wilson First Families Reunion.
The talk will be on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in the new Library and Research Center at the Presidential Library. Dr. Lengel will discuss his recent book, To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918, about an epic World War I battle. The Library and Research Center is located at 235 East Beverley Street, next door to the Dolores Lescure Center, which houses the Woodrow Wilson Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Eric J. Vettel, Executive Director of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, said “The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is honored to host Dr. Edward Lengel as a part of our fourth annual First Families Reunion. He will shed light on this fascinating World War I battle.”

Dr. Lengel is Associate Editor of the George Washington Papers Project at the University of Virginia. He has authored several other books in addition to To Conquer Hell, including General George Washington: A Military Life. Dr. Lengel is a co-recipient of the National Humanities Medal and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. He has made frequent appearances on television documentaries.

The First Families Reunion will begin on Thursday, May 7, and end on May 9 after Dr. Lengel’s talk. During the three-day event, participants will also discuss genealogy, view Wilsonian “Treasures in the Attic” on Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., attend Friday’s WWPL Spring Speaker Series event with Newsweek and Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson, and attend a reception with live Wilson-era music on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the WWPL.

Those interested in more information about Dr. Lengel’s talk or the family reunion should contact Barbara Wimble, Manager of Visitor Services at the Presidential Library, at 540.885.0897, ext. 106, or by email at

Those interested in purchasing a ticket to the Robert Samuelson talk on Friday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m., should contact Karen McGrath, Director of the Annual Fund and Special Events, at 540.885-0897, ext. 112, or by e-mail at


– News Release

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