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The John Marshall Center (JMC), founded in 1987, educates learners of all ages about constitutional history and civics and explores the life and legacy of Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835). The JMC joined the Virginia Museum of History & Culture as a signature study center on July 4, 2023, and serves as a hub for civics education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.

Announcing Civics Connects 

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is proud to launch a major, statewide civics education program for middle grade students—a legacy project of the VMHC’s 250th Initiative

Civics Connects, a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive, classroom-ready resource for Virginia students, is born from years of related work by the VMHC and its John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics (JMC). The program offers a robust array of best-in-class educational tools designed with significant input from Virginia educators at every level and includes lesson plans, interactive slides, classroom activities, and the opportunity for onsite educators, subject matter experts, and special museum experiences. 

Encompassing lesson plans, activities, and videos featuring middle schoolers on-location around the state, Civics Connects is a major new civics education initiative and a go-to resource for Virginia SOL- and National-standards-aligned civics resources for the middle grades. 

Civics engagement is crucial to our nation’s health. The John Marshall Center at the VMHC is amplifying civics education as part of a multi-year commemoration of America’s 250th. With a new chapter ahead for civics education in Virginia, we wanted to know just how knowledgeable are Virginians about civics? Can the average adult answer the same questions our students are asked in school? Watch now to find out!

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Caroline Legros, Manager of Civics Education

Questions about educational resources or programs related to the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics at the VMHC? Please contact Caroline at CLegros@VirginiaHistory.org.

John Marshall Center Council

Joni Albrecht, Director of the John Marshall Center

Ryan W. Boggs
Henry N. Butler
Gretchen C. Byrd
Trevor S. Cox 
Paul C. Harris
The Honorable Stephen R. McCullough
Belinda D. Jones
James C. Stribling