The Virginia Historical Society has many exciting options for teachers. Throughout the year, the education staff offers programming for teachers to expand their knowledge of Virginia history. These unique learning opportunities are available teachers of all grade levels.
In addition to programming for teachers, the society also offers an array of programming targeted toward homeschool students and their families.
Are you a teacher interested in bringing your students to VHS for a tour? Find information about the different tours we offer here.
Exceptionally well-planned, executed institute that provides a history teacher with superb tools, regardless of the subject he/she teaches. My enhanced knowledge of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, and linguistics will definitely benefit me in my World History classroom.
Milondra Coleman, teacher
In cooperation with the University of Richmond and sponsored by Weinstein Properties, the VHS presents two week-long teachers institutes for Virginia teachers that will broaden and deepen their knowledge of Virginia history. The Story of Virginia Teachers Institutes provide an overview of the rich history of Virginia from earliest habitation to present. The classes align with the curriculum framework for Virginia Studies.
Virginia: The Land and its People
Colonization and Conflict
1607 through the American Revolution
Political Growth and Western Expansion
1781 to 1860
Civil War and Post-War Virginia
Virginia: 1900 to Present
Participants will work with VHS staff members as well as guest lecturers to engage in lively discussions of assigned readings and in-depth guided gallery tours and activities.
E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. Teachers Institute
I was very excited to participate—the week exceeded my expectations! I learned more in one week about Virginia than I have in twenty years of living here. This was better than any college course I have taken. It was a true gift. Thank you.
Marcia Hunt, teacher
The E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Teachers Institute is an examination of Virginia's history through primary sources from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. The institute is targeted to teachers of Virginia Studies, USI and USII, and VA/US history. However, teachers of other disciplines across the curriculum are encouraged to attend—the resources at the VHS relate to a number of topics, and the skills of teaching with primary sources are important for all educators.
This program will consist of six separate evening programs held on Thursdays in the fall. Each session will explore how objects, both on their own and in concert with others, can tell the rich story of Virginia's past. Teachers will have the opportunity to attend some or all of the programs.
Programs for homeschoolers
The VHS offers special educator-led history presentations for homeschool students. Come early, or stay after your program, and enjoy the museum. Programming opportunities for homeschool students consist of special tours through our long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, or special hands-on history programs. Visit our calendar to learn when our next homeschool program will be offered.