Teaching Modules


Woodrow Wilson and Bryn Mawr

Part I: History in Public

Woodrow Wilson historical marker, Bryn Mawr College.

Historical Marker on Bryn Mawr College campus

Where do we find history in public?

  • Show students the historic marker, on the edge of Bryn Mawr College's campus.

  • Ask students to read the marker and answer the following questions:

    • What did you know about Woodrow Wilson before seeing this marker?

    • What do you think of a US president teaching at a local college? What significance do you think this has for the college and the local area?

    • Based on this marker, what do you think Woodrow Wilson’s time at Bryn Mawr was like?

What context is required for this topic?

  • Prior to the class discussion the teacher can present a brief history of Woodrow Wilson’s time at Bryn Mawr, and information about the college itself. 

    NOTE: If a teacher is using this lesson as a transition to the woman’s suffrage movement it might help by also discussing women in the 19th century U.S.