Tours of our award-winning exhibition, The Story of Virginia, are tailored to meet the requirements of grade-specific SOLs. Choose from a comprehensive highlight tour of the entire exhibition, or delve into a specific topic.
Our "History Boxes" contain reproductions of artifacts, diaries, letters, documents, and photographs. Topics include Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians; the African American experience; westward movement; Civil War; and Virginia at the turn of the 20th century.
The Virginia Historical Society offers a variety of outreach programs for your students. Each program is creatively designed around the Virginia SOL and national standards using Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) to reach students! Take your students on a virtual field trip and learn about history through an interactive history program!
Stories at the Museum
Visit the Virginia Historical Society this spring for Stories at the Museum. Each program will include a group reading of the selected book and a craft activity related to the text.
E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Teachers Institute
The 2012 Robins Institute will consist of six separate evening programs held on Thursdays in the fall. Teachers will have the opportunity to attend some or all of the programs.
Girl Scout Patch Days
The Virginia Historical Society is now offering three different activities for Girl Scouts to earn a signature VHS patch. Registration is now available for Patch Day programs. Please contact the Education department for troop reservations.
Educational Programs for Homeschoolers
The Virginia Historical Society is offering special educator-led history presentations for homeschool students. Come early, or stay after your program and enjoy the additional exhibitions. Two one-hour interactive presentations are available.
High School Historians Forum
The Virginia Historical Society held the High School Historians Forum (formerly the Wyndham B. Blanton Scholars Forum) from July 18–20, 2012.The focus of the 2012 program was "Virginia Teens Through Time."
"The Story of Virginia" Teachers Institute
In cooperation with the University of Richmond, the VHS presents a program for Virginia teachers that will broaden and deepen their knowledge of Virginia history. The Story of Virginia Teachers Institutes will be held at the VHS on July 8–12 and July 22–26, 2013. Sponsored by Weinstein Properties
During the month of August, the VHS offers the opportunity for families to participate in interactive activities while they visit the museum.
• Download tour and outreach brochure (pdf - 1.5 mb - link opens in new window)
• Download teacher and chaperone guide (pdf - 102 kb - link opens in new window)
• Dates in Virginia History
• Awards for teachers and students
• Teacher workshops using primary sources
• Bibliographies: Women's history, African American history, Virginia history
• Washington's Mentor: Gov. Dinwiddie's Correspondence, 1751–58