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Educator programs

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.

Teachers institutes

The VHS offers two teachers institutes each year. "The Story of Virginia, an American Experience" institute is a week-long program that is offered each summer. The E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Teachers Institute takes place in the evenings in the fall. All institutes are open to private and public school teachers of any grade level

"The Story of Virginia, an American Experience"

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. Participants will work with VHS staff members as well as guest lecturers to engage in lively discussions of assigned readings and activities.


  • 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


  • June 29-July 3, 2015
  • July 20-24, 2015


For an application, please go to http://spcs.richmond.edu/degrees/education/teacher-institute/historical-society.html.

If you have questions, please contact Bill Obrochta at wobrochta@vahistorical.org.

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 hands-on history programs. For information on programs for homeschoolers contact Caroline Legros at 804.342.9652 or clegros@vahistorical.org.