‘Wilson 150: The Exhibition,” conceived and produced by the Woodrow Wilson House for the sesquicentennial of his birth, chronicles the life and times of the 28th President of the United States. December 28, 2006 marked the 150th birthday of the most educated and one of the most complex United States presidents.The traveling exhibit is on view at Morven Museum and Garden through November 18.
Wilson graduated from Princeton University in 1879 and went on to become a distinguished member of the faculty and later president of the university for eight years before he was elected as Governor of New Jersey.
“Wilson 150: the Exhibition” juxtaposes the public and private lives of Woodrow Wilson. The pen that signed the declaration of war, the first shell fired by American troops in World War I, the iconic top hat and pince nez, his golf bag and clubs are included in the exhibition, along with archival photographs and political memorabilia of Woodrow Wilson — educator, statesman, president, and peacemaker.
Woodrow Wilson’s presence in Princeton is noted by the inclusion of his graduation mortar board and an invitation to his inauguration as president of Princeton University in 1902.
At left: Woodrow Wilson in Paris. Complete with his signature top hat and kid gloves Woodrow Wilson strides resolutely from his Paris home while participating in the Versailles Peace Conference, above. 609-924-8144.
The Lawrenceville School unveils “Prominent Portraits of the 20th Century,” Friday, May 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.This exhibit represents a gift from Winthrop Knowlton, who graduated the the school in 1948, and later received a BA from Harvard.
The exhibit includes portraits of some of the most famous figures of the 20th century, including Albert Einstein, Mohammed Ali, and Jonas Salk (above) by some of the leading photographers of our time, including Ernst Haas, Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks, and Arnold Newman (who took the photo of Salk above).
Knowlton worked for a number of years in publishing, as the chairman of Harper & Row, in New York, and he taught at the John F. Kenndy School of Government at Harvard. In 1990, along with his brother Stanley, he founded Knowlton Brothers Inc., a family money management firm. In 2001, Knowlton, the author of several books, published “My First Revolution,” which documents his 1948 travels to China, along with Lawrenceville classmate Jim Thomson, to live with Thomson’s parents, Presbyterian missionary educators, in Nanking. Knowlton is now retired and living in New York.
The Lawrenceville School Hutchins Rotunda Gallery and the Marguerite & James Hutchins Gallery. Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. 609-620-6042.