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The Path to the Presidency

A new exhibition at Princeton University’s Firestone Library showcases Woodrow Wilson and his years as President of Princeton, 1902-1910.

Exhibition Dates: May 5 through October 27, 2002.

One hundred years ago, the Trustees of Princeton University chose Woodrow Wilson, a Princeton graduate and popular faculty member, to succeed Francis Landey Patton as the President of Princeton University, an action that began one of the most important presidential administrations in Princeton's history. "Woodrow Wilson at Princeton: The Path to the Presidency" celebrates Wilson's life from early boyhood through his resignation to run for the governorship of New Jersey.

Using more than 125 items from the University Archives and the Library's extensive collection of Wilson papers and memorabilia, the exhibition shows Wilson's development from an earnest young boy through his maturation as University president, and gives visitors a context in which to better understand Wilson's later political career. During his term as U.S. president, Wilson led the country through World War I, advocated for the League of Nations (for which he was awarded the 1919 Nobel Prize for Peace) and witnessed the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

Exhibition tours will be offered on Friday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m., as well as the following Sundays, also at 3:00 p.m.: June 23, August 25 and September 29. In addition, two other events are scheduled for this fall in conjunction with the exhibition: Professor Anthony Grafton will discuss Woodrow Wilson and the preceptor system, and later this fall Professor Edward Tenner will discuss Wilson and the Honor Code. For more information on these talks, please call 609/258- 5049.

The Main Gallery is open to the public without charge Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

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