PUBLIC LAW 87-364-OCT. 4, 1961
Public Law 87-364 JOINT RESOLUTION Authorizing the creation of a commission to consider and formulate plans for the construction in the District of Columbia of an appropriate permanent memorial to the memory of Woodrow Wilson.
Whereas Woodrow Wilson, as twenty-eighth President of the United States, won the enduring gratitude of the people of the United States and throughout the world for his farsighted and tireless efforts to achieve a lasting peace, with justice and freedom for all; and Whereas he so eloquently phrased the principles for which this country stands and provided, w-ith his own high standards of integrity, vision, and compassionate ^ood wdll an inspiration for generations to come: NOM% therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) there is hereby established a commission, to be known as the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Commission (hereinafter referred to as the "Commission"), for the purpose of considering and formulating plans for the design, construction, and location of a permanent memorial to Woodrow Wilson in Washington, District of Columbia, or in its immediate environs. The Commission shall, in general^ decide on the advisability of one of two kinds of memorials: One which would be a monument similar to those which honor Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln; or one which will serve as a building of a functional nature, or, as it is often called, a "living memorial". The Commission shall study, among others, proposals to associate the memorial with the Washington International Center program for international visitors. (b) The Commission shall be composed of the following members: (1) Former Presidents of the United States, at their pleasure; (2) Tw^o persons to be appointed by the President of the United States; (3) Tw^o Senators to be appointed by the President of the Senate; (4) Two Members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and (5) Three members to be appointed by the President of the United States, one from each of the following: (A) The Woodrow Wilson Foundation; (B) The Woodrow Wilson Centennial Commission (now discharged); and (C) One member of the Department of the Interior, who shall be the Director of the National P a r k Service, or his representative. (c) The Commission shall select a chairman and a vice chairman from among its members. Vacancies occurring in the membership of the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. (d) The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred by them in carrying out the duties of the Commission. (e) The Commission shall report such plans, together with its recommendations, to the President and Congress at the earliest practicable date, and in the interim shall make annual reports of its progress to the President and Congress. However, such plans and recommendations shall not be reported until the Commission has obtained the assistance and advice of the National Capital Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts if the memorial is to be located in the District of Columbia, or the assistance and advice of the National Capital Planning Commission, the Commission of Fine
October 4, 1961 [S. J. Res. 51]
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Commission. Establishment.
Reports to President and Congress.