Woodrow Wilson House Historic Site Names New Director

Robert A. Enholm brings global executive leadership to helm of 28th President’s former home in Washington, DC

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today the hiring of Robert A. Enholm as the new executive director for the Woodrow Wilson House, a site of the National Trust. The Washington, D.C., historic site is the home where President and Mrs. Wilson lived after he left office in 1921.  President Wilson died in 1924, and Mrs. Wilson lived in the house until her death in 1961, when the home was bequeathed to the National Trust.

Enholm brings extensive executive leadership experience to the position, including management roles in the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and most recently at Citizens for Global Solutions. Prior to his career in global humanitarian affairs, he worked as a corporate lawyer for 25 years, serving as general counsel at Melita International and Crown Crafts and as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority.

“I was drawn to the National Trust’s commitment to preserving our nation’s historic places and putting them in a narrative that is relevant and meaningful for contemporary audiences,” Enholm said. “The Woodrow Wilson House is particularly compelling not only for its historical role but also because it is a gateway to exploring fundamental issues that are as relevant today as they were in President Wilson’s time, such as the presidency’s role in government and the need for international cooperation.”

The Woodrow Wilson House comes under new leadership during an exciting time in the site’s history. With the centennial anniversary of Wilson’s presidential tenure extending from 2013 through 2021, the site will have the opportunity to contribute to the reexamination of the former president’s legacy.

“I am confident that Bob’s diverse background in national and international affairs will serve him well in developing and implementing new and creative ways to engage the public at Wilson House,” Estevan Rael-Gálvez, senior vice president of historic sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation, said.

 

About Woodrow Wilson House

This presidential museum was the home of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)—educator, president, and world statesman—who was president of Princeton University, shaped the modern U.S. presidency and founded the League of Nations. President Wilson guided the United States through World War I and saw the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote. His public career and his life as a private citizen are traced in an impressive collection of White House objects, elaborate gifts of state from around the world, family items, and personal mementoes. Authentically furnished as it was in Wilson’s time, the fashionable 1915 house just off Embassy Row is a remarkable living snapshot of modern American life in the 1920s—from sound recordings to silent films, from flapper dresses to zinc sinks.

Visitor Information

Woodrow Wilson House is located two miles northwest of the White House, near the intersection of S and 24th streets in Embassy Row; a 15-minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro station. The address is 2340 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008. For general information, visitors may call 202-387-4062 or visit www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org.

 

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