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July 24, 2008
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Virginia Historical Society Appreciates Teachers
History Museum Offering Free Admission to Educators in August
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Historical Society (VHS), the Official State Historical Society of Virginia, has declared August to be Teacher Appreciation Month. All educators at Virginia's public and private schools will be granted free admission to the history museum beginning Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 31, 2008.
"The Society wanted to do something for educators across the Commonwealth to thank them for their dedication and service, and to acknowledge the contributions they make in children's lives," said William Obrochta, Director of Education at the VHS. "We also want to remind the educational community about what a great resource the VHS is, especially when it comes to history Standards of Learning (SOLs), as we gear up for the 2008–09 school year."
The special no-cost admission rate applies to school personnel who hold instructional positions, including principals, teacher's aides, and librarians. To receive free admittance, visitors must present a current school identification badge or business card upon entry. Educators who visit during August will also receive a free copy of My First Pocket Guide Virginia by Carole Marsh to use for classroom instruction.
The VHS always offers discounted membership rates to teachers. Educators can purchase an individual membership for $32, which is $13 less than the normal individual membership rate. The Society's web site (www.vahistorical.org) also has materials that are designed for teachers to use in the classroom to make American history relevant to students of all ages.
The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, the Society's key long-term exhibition, has been helping educators teach and students better understand Virginia's history for nearly a decade. With ten galleries and 10,000 square feet, this exhibition has more than 1,000 objects that cover 16,000 years of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Educators are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for free admission during Teacher Appreciation Month to see how the VHS might assist with classroom goals.
Educators will also see the new exhibition, A Creative Dynasty: Four Generations of Virginia Women, beginning August 16, 2008. This exhibition explores the careers of four Virginia women from the same family who spent their lives involved with the arts. The exhibit will include paintings, drawings, photographs, video clips, and sculpture related to these talented women. A Creative Dynasty: Four Generations of Virginia Women will be on display at the VHS until January 17, 2009.
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
times to the present is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Museum Galleries and Shop only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Sundays. For group tour
information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit