Exhibit will bring Wilson's personal effects to Augusta

An unusual exhibit featuring the life of President Wilson will open Friday.

"We've never had a traveling exhibit before. We've been open since 2001," said Julia Jackson, the programs and marketing manager for Historic Augusta Inc., which operates the Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson and the Lamar House on Seventh Street. The exhibit will be displayed in the Lamar House.

In honor of what would have been Wilson's 150th birthday in 2006, officials at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., the president's final residence, organized a traveling exhibit called Wilson 150: The Exhibition, with some of the president's personal effects.

On display will be his beaver and silk top hat and his glasses.

"These are iconic items when you think of him," she said.

Other items include the pen he used to sign the declaration leading the United States into World War I, his typewriter and his golf balls, one of which is painted red so he could play in the snow.

The exhibit has traveled to other important Wilson sites, including the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Va., and Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, N.J.

An opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. today at the Joseph R. Lamar House adjacent to the Wilson house. Tickets to the reception are $50 each.

The exhibit will remain on display through May 23 and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission to the exhibit is free with paid admission to the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Also on Friday will be the annual Woodrow Wilson Symposium, which was renamed this year the Dr. Edward J. Cashin Memorial Woodrow Wilson Symposium. Cashin founded the symposium in 1992. The event begins at 9 a.m.

This year's theme is Edith and Woodrow. Speakers at the free event include Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, the chairwoman of the department of history, geography and philosophy, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville; Dr. Bruce Clayton, professor emeritus of history, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.; and Frank Aucella, the executive director of the Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, D.C.

For more information, call (706) 724-0436.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


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