Teaching Modules


Woodrow Wilson and Bryn Mawr

Introduction: Woodrow Wilson and Bryn Mawr

Woodrow Wilson portrait

Woodrow Wilson portrait found in the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin 26.1 (Fall 1955)

Created by Matt Cahill, Temple University (November 2014)

Woodrow Wilson at Bryn Mawr Lesson Objectives

  • analyze the primary source papers from Woodrow Wilson’s time at Bryn Mawr College.

  • argue how Bryn Mawr should remember President Woodrow Wilson by taking account his national accomplishments and his opposition to women’s education.  

PA Standards

  • 8.2.12.B: Evaluate the impact of historical documents, artifacts, and places in Pennsylvania which are critical to U.S. history and the world.

  • 8.3.12.A:Evaluate the role groups and individuals from the U.S. played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development of the world.

Essential Question

  • How should Bryn Mawr College remember people who are controversial at the local institution but are respected on the world stage? 

Suggested Timing (In the U.S. History survey)

  • End of World War I unit  

  • During Woman’s Suffrage movement