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Brinson Askew Berry sponsors celebration of Ellen Axson Wilson

This summer, the Rome Area Council for the Arts is kicking off a year of celebrating the life of former First Lady and Rome native Ellen Axson Wilson. Brinson Askew Berry is excited to be a sponsor of the celebration.

As a girl, the former First Lady lived in The Omberg House, the current offices of Brinson Askew Berry. And it was in Rome, in 1883, that she met her future husband, Woodrow Wilson.

Wilson missed her own homecoming to Rome when she tragically died two months before her planned trip in 1914.

As part of the celebration of her life, RACA is planning an exhibition of her original oil paintings on loan from the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. In addition, there will be a memorial service that will take place on Aug. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church of Rome, the same church that hosted her funeral services 100 years ago. She is buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetary next to her parents.

Wilson designed the White House Rose Garden and she introduced First Lady agendas – her's was homelessness and provision of low-income housing.

Please join us as we celebrate one of Rome’s most famous citizens!

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