HistoryConnects K-12 Program Catalog

HistoryConnects K-12 Program Catalog

HISTORYCONNECTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM


Program Cost:

  • Virginia schools: $75
    Out-of-state schools: $125 

  • Discounted rates on program bundles

  • Available for single classrooms or multiple classrooms (at no additional charge) within a school.

  • We offer a selection of free featured programs throughout the school year, and two free Skype in the Classroom programs.

Equipment Needed:

  • An internet-connected computer or web-enabled device connected to a projector, monitor, or Smartboard. If possible, please use a wired ethernet connection.

  • An external or built-in webcam positioned to see as many students as possible.

  • A built-in microphone or external USB noise-canceling conference microphone.

  • Speakers loud enough for the room to hear.

Connection Information:

  • Participants registered for a paid program will be emailed a link before the program to join the VMHC Zoom room. 

  • Classrooms registered for free Skype in the Classroom programs will connect via Skype

  • All participants are encouraged to book a test call before their program.

Our award-winning catalog of programming for students highlights the vast collection of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture while reinforcing both national and state standards of learning. HistoryConnects sessions are designed to be student-centered and foster inquiry. The programs are centered upon primary sources that can enhance understanding and provoke curiosity about topics students are studying in the classroom.
 

FRESH PAINT: MURALS INSPIRED BY THE STORY OF VIRGINIA
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

Fresh Paint features murals inspired by Virginia’s history. Ten of Virginia’s most talented mural artists were provided unrestricted access to the museum’s vast collection of books, letters, maps, artwork, photographs, and objects. Each artist chose objects that interested them and used those stories as inspiration for an original painting reflecting the Commonwealth’s diverse history. Throughout the program, participants will explore the role of history in art, engage in a discussion about artistic process and influence, analyze artist statements & artwork, and develop an appreciation for artistic interpretation & historic events.

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DRESSING THE PAST: FASHION & HISTORY
PROGRAM LENGTH: 40 - 45 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: K – 2nd

Using clothing and replica artifacts, students will take a journey through time to look at items of clothing from famous Virginians and important periods in Virginia’s history. Participants will be able to draw conclusions about life in the past vs. present, and talk about why individuals and communities lived, worked, and dressed differently.

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THE POWHATAN INDIANS
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 2nd – 12th

Using primary sources as well as replica artifacts created by Mattaponi Indians, students will learn about what life was like for Woodland Indians by examining the Algonquian speaking Powhatans in Virginia before the first English settlers made it their home. The Powhatans serve as an excellent example of Woodland Indian culture that dominated the eastern United States prior to the European contract. Students will identify the various natural resources used by Native American men, women, and children to make their tools and clothing. Students will also be engaged in a discussion about Pocahontas and the myths associated with her life.

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POCAHONTAS: HER LIFE & LEGEND
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

The study of Pocahontas is an excellent exercise testing the strength of primary versus secondary sources. This program examines the historical evidence of six episodes of her life that are recorded by English settlers and compares those accounts to the mythology created after her death, when artists manipulated her story to support causes that they wanted to advance.

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EXPLORING PRIMARY SOURCES: JOHN SMITH'S MAP OF VIRGINIA
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

Maps gained in importance during the Age of Exploration. European explorers needed maps to follow and created their own as they explored new lands. Some maps became so important that they were copied repeatedly. These map copies, or derivatives, were especially useful to travelers and explorers to the New World. John Smith’s map of Virginia was one of these influential maps, because of the importance of the Virginia settlement and the accuracy with which Smith conducted his work.

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FROM JAMESTOWN TO REVOLUTION: VIRGINIA IN THE COLONIAL ERA
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

What happened between 1607 and 1763 in Virginia? Using replica artifacts, pictures, maps, and other primary sources, this program will study how and why Jamestown was the first permanent settlement in Virginia, how Williamsburg was chosen as the first capital city, the beginnings of government, slavery versus indentured servitude, and how colonial Virginians lived in their day-to-day lives.

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THE PURSUIT OF LIBERTY: THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND THE FOUNDING OF AMERICA
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

Virginians played an essential role in the creation of the new American nation. From actions during and following the American Revolution to ideas and documents that established the new country, Virginians were involved at every point. During this program participants will learn more about the lives of Virginia's founding fathers, such as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Mason, while also examining some of the most important documents in American history: The Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the United States Constitution.

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DIFFERENT PATHS TO FREEDOM: SLAVERY AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

Discover the implications that the American Revolution had on ideas of freedom and liberty. Students will examine the relationship between enslaved African Americans and the American Revolution through an investigation of Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation, James Lafayette’s petition, and Peter Sublett’s manumission. Students will engage in primary source analysis and interpret the importance of the primary source and place it into a historical context. This interactive program will end with a period for questions and answers.

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LETTERS FROM A ‘49ER: A VIRGINIAN’S JOURNEY TO FIND CALIFORNIA GOLD
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

In 1849, John Robertson Maben traveled to California in search of gold. In this program, participants will join Maben on his journey. In a series of thirteen letters, Maben describes his travels to his wife, Sarah. These letters are especially vivid as Maben was witness to events both momentous and mundane. He wrote of the cholera epidemic of 1849, the great St. Louis fire that same year, and the excitement and brutality of the California gold fields.

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THE CIVIL WAR: AN AMERICAN TURNING POINT
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

From 1861 to 1865 the country was in a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the Civil War. This program will discuss various aspects of the Civil War, including life on the battlefield, life on the home front, the roles of medicine & technology in the Civil War, and the experiences of African Americans, women, & children during the war.

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN, AFRICAN AMERICANS, AND THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

Abraham Lincoln is often called The Great Emancipator; however, enslaved people were responsible for seizing their own freedom. During this program students will explore primary sources related to self-emancipation at Fort Monroe and the resulting Confiscation Acts. Students will also analyze the Emancipation Proclamation and explore the impact it had on both enslaved and free African Americans. Through guided historical inquiry your students are introduced to political cartoons as primary sources. They will engage in primary source analysis and interpret the importance of these sources while learning about their historical context. This interactive presentation will end with a period for questions and answers.

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SICK CALL! CIVIL WAR DISEASES, HOSPITALS, & MEDICINE
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

More soldiers died during the American Civil War from diseases than from battle wounds. What were the most common diseases, and how did doctors treat them? This program examines doctors, nurses, and patients in both the North and South and how they dealt with sickness and injury. Students will use an interactive program to help diagnose a sick patient and treat them for their ailment while also learning how surgeons completed war-time amputations.

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DEATH & MEMORY AND THE CIVIL WAR
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 6th – 12th

The goal of this program is to better understand how the country dealt with the deaths of over 620,000 people during the Civil War. Students will use primary sources such as photographs and letters to analyze how the fatalities were felt on the home front. They will leave with a more comprehensive knowledge of how the Civil War changed America’s mourning customs and perspectives of war and death. *This program uses several images of dead bodies, both in battlefields & in staged photos. Please be advised that this may be upsetting to some viewers.

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REBUILDING AMERICA: RECONSTRUCTION AND JIM CROW
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

After the Civil War, Virginians eagerly embraced economic development and technological change while resisting political and social change. Indeed, as Virginia moved forward in many ways and living standards improved, society was rigidly segregated by race. This program examines the ways in which Virginians and other former Confederates dealt with rebuilding and reunification after the Civil War. Particular attention is paid to the impacts of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, the origins of Jim Crow, and other steps taken to disenfranchise African Americans.

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PICTURE THIS: VIRGINIA IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 12th

New and rapidly developing technologies allowed the twentieth century to be more visually documented than any previous era. Movies, photography, and new printing methods recorded the sweeping changes that occurred as people moved from the countryside to cities and as the Industrial Revolution came to dominate the new rhythms of life. Join us as we explore themes of urbanization, social change, and politics represented by the photograph, manuscript, and museum collections of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

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WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE STARTER PACK 
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 4th & 5th Grade 

Can people support different ways of achieving the same goal? This program looks at how women in the twentieth century had varying perspectives about gaining suffrage. Students will explore the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia through primary sources like broadsides and photographs. They will leave with a better understanding of why women's suffrage was important, and who benefited from the 19th amendment. 

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SIGN OF THE TIMES: ACTIVISM IN THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT 
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 7th, US History II 

How did Suffragists convince Congress to ratify the 19th amendment? This program tracks and examines the rhetorical techniques used by Virginia women in the fight to gain women's suffrage. Students will use primary sources from the VMHC's collection to see how tone and word choice intensified during the Suffrage Movement. By exploring how to craft an argument, students will learn how writing influenced social activism. 

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TOBACCO: THE CROP THAT CREATED THE COMMONWEALTH
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 9th – 12th

First grown by Virginia Indians, tobacco was already a part of the Commonwealth’s history before the arrival of the English. In search of new sources of revenue, colonists eventually found one through the cultivation of a plant that came to dominate the economy and determine new settlement patterns. The labor-intensive crop also led to a society based on slavery and the destruction of Virginia’s once-fertile soil by the mid-19th Century. This program will tell the complicated story of tobacco from the colonial era to the present through the manuscript and artifact collections of the VMHC.

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COMMONWEALTH AND THE GREAT WAR
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 6th – 12th

In 1917, Virginia-born President Woodrow Wilson brought the nation into war against the German, Austrian, and Ottoman empires. The Commonwealth and the Great War tells the stories of individual Virginians who carried the state’s proud military tradition to the battlefront during World War I. 100,000 of them served; 3,700 died. Many more were injured. Thirty-nine percent of the draftees in 1918 were African Americans. Hundreds of Virginia nurses and doctors followed soldiers to Europe. Military facilities established in Virginia became essential centers for the war effort. Thousands labored at home to produce vital war supplies, and families tended “Victory Gardens” and rationed food to “make the world safe for democracy.” This program will analyze the lives of Virginians during WWI.

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CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 6th – 12th

Emancipation and the end of the Civil War brought promises of equality for African Americans in Virginia and throughout the South. It took the better part of a century for those promises to begin to be realized. This program will identify and examine the effects of segregation and “Jim Crow” on life in Virginia for whites, African Americans, and American Indians. Students will also discuss the social and political events in Virginia linked to desegregation and Massive Resistance and their relationship to national history.

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HUMOR WITH EDGE: EXPLORING POLITICAL CARTOONS
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 6th – 12th

For more than two centuries, whenever there has been a debate in the United States, political cartoons have taken part, and in some cases, pushed the debate to its limits. Political cartoons began as a street-level phenomenon. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they were often posted on walls or passed from person to person, as well as being published in newspapers. By the end of the nineteenth century, they were an important part of the growing popularity of newspapers and magazines, and the intense competition for readership made provocative cartoons a valuable selling point. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, political cartoons appear in a wide range of online publications and can still stir up controversy.

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WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? EPHEMERA & WOMEN'S ACTIVISM
PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL: 6th – 12th

Who decides what a progressive movement is? Can contemporary activism truly embrace intersectionality? This program explores over a century of women’s activism through ephemera found in the collections at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. From protest signs to knit caps, students will learn how Virginia women fought against injustices in the Commonwealth. Students will also analyze the historiography, or how history is recorded, of protest movements.

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PRIMARY SOURCE OF THE MONTH BUNDLE

PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 – 60 Minutes | GRADE LEVEL:  4th & 5th Grade, Virginia Studies
BUNDLE COST: 8 Programs - $400, 4 Programs - $200
This bundle features 8 HistoryConnects programs delivered monthly throughout the school year. Each month, a museum educator will lead your students through a guided inquiry process to analyze and interpret a variety of primary sources. The program schedule & sources are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning, and each program focuses on developing history & social science skills.

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Hailey Fenner, Manager of Digital Learning

Are you interested in learning more about our interactive videoconferencing HistoryConnects programs? Please contact Hailey Fenner, Manager of Digital Learning, at hfenner@VirginiaHistory.org or 804.342.9689.