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HistoryConnects and Distance Learning Technology

I have always wanted to bring my students to the VHS, and this was a great way for them to share in what we are learning about Virginia history.
Fourth grade teacher, Loudoun County

HistoryConnects - An Interactive Education Experience

HistoryConnects programs are interactive, primary-source based historical explorations that highlight treasures of the Virginia Historical Society's collections while reinforcing both national and state standards of learning.

HistoryConnects programs are easy to schedule and require minimal technology. All you need is a basic computer, Internet access, a web camera, and a microphone connected to your computer. Through the use of green screen technology, high definition cameras, and the amazing collection from the VHS, our distance learning programs offer learners a unique and dynamic experience they are sure to enjoy!

HistoryConnects is made possible by the Hugh V. White Jr. Outreach Education Fund.

Each program features:

  • Primary source learning
  • Question-and-answer sessions with experts in the field
  • Instructions that can be targeted to different levels and standards while reinforcing learning in a unique and fun way

Programming is offered to Virginia schools at a reduced rate, and a limited number of free programs will be made available through the Skype in the Classroom (SITC) partnership.


History ConnectsOur catalog of live, interactive programs covers all of Virginia's history, from Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians through Virginia's role in the American Revolution and the Civil War to the dramatic changes the Old Dominion experienced during the twentieth century.

Primary Source of the Month

These thirty-minute programs will introduce your students to a different primary source each month. The source will be aligned to both the Virginia and national standards and will also be paired with replica artifacts to help illuminate the meaning.

Exploring Primary Sources

These explorations are programs that are more primary-source driven than our other HistoryConnects programs. These programs are developed from the manuscripts collections at the Virginia Historical Society and are better suited for middle school, secondary students, and adult audiences.

Skype in the Classroom

In 2013, the VHS became one of the first major content providers to deliver its full catalog anywhere in the world using Skype; allowing schools and organizations without traditional videoconferencing equipment to experience live, interactive learning, using basic internet connectivity. The society has been selected as an international partner to join Skype in the Classroom (SITC), an initiative designed to bring a collaborative educational effort to students around the globe.

Evan Liddiard

Evan Liddiard, Senior Education Specialist

Are you interested in learning more about our interactive video conferencing programs? I can help you schedule a program or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at eliddiard@vahistorical.org or 804.342.9689.

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