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  Webb, Warner Introduce Bill To Establish Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library In Virginia
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Jul 31, 2007 12:54pm
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News DateTuesday, July 31, 2007 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSenators Jim Webb (D-VA) and John W. Warner (R-VA) have introduced legislation to provide a grant from the National Archives to build a Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, President Wilson’s birthplace. The Wilson Library will be the only presidential library in Virginia and will offer educational services and house memorabilia to honor the life of Woodrow Wilson.

As a public-private partnership, the Senators’ bill authorizes a one-time grant to fund construction of the library and the Wilson Library Foundation will raise its own funding for operations. The Library will offer summer camps and other outreach programs that will economically benefit the community of Staunton and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“This Library will serve as the center for education and study of Woodrow Wilson’s life and legacies, and will enable people from around the country to learn more about the life and work of our nation’s 28th President,” said Senator Jim Webb. “This project has the potential to benefit not only the greater Staunton region, but Virginia by strengthening an important cultural asset in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

“With the 100th anniversary of his election just five years away, this is an appropriate time to help preserve President Woodrow Wilson’s legacy and to improve its accessibility for future generations,” continued Webb.

“During my time in the U.S. Senate, I have witnessed the growth and development of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and have seen first-hand the benefits it has provided for its community, the Commonwealth, and the country,” said Senator Warner. “I want to respectfully acknowledge our most recent president from the Commonwealth of Virginia through the recognition of this Presidential Library. I can think of no better place to preserve his life’s work, than where his life began.”
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