"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Classroom programs

Outreach programs allow students to explore many programs in their classroom.
Outreach educators visit locations across Virginia.
Our educator had excellent instructional skills and was great at capturing and keeping the students’ attention and at provoking deep thinking skills.
4th Grade Teachers, Galax Elementary School

Are you interested in a program from the Virginia Historical Society but live too far away to visit? Or, are you a library or a senior center and you would like a presentation at your facility? No problem. We will come to you!

Through our educational outreach programming, the VHS is proud to offer a variety of programs for your students. These classroom presentations are delivered at your location in a hands-on fashion using artifact reproductions. The cost per session for programs in central Virginia is $75 and is limited to locations within 50 miles of the VHS. Would you like to request an outreach program? Please fill out our online form to request this program.

Explore the tools and clothing of the early Native Americans in your classroom.
Find out more about Pocahontas and the Powhatan Nation
Pocahontas and the Powhatan Nation
Your students can learn about American's fight for independence right in your classroom.
Find out more about Voices of the Revolution
Voices of the Revolution
Discover what life was like during the Westward Movement using replica artifacts in your classroom.
Find out more about Virginia and the westward movement
Westward Movement
Investigate the trials and hardships of a Civil War soldier by exploring replica artifacts in your classroom.
Find out more about The Civil War soldier: A common man
The Civil War Soldier
This classroom program explores the African American experience in Virginia from the early 17th century through emancipation.
Find out more about Slavery in Virginia
Slavery in Virginia
Explore early photographs in your classroom and discover what life was like in Virginia during the early 1900s.
Find out more about Virginia at the turn of the twentieth century: Teaching with photographs
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