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

The VHS currently offers three teachers institutes. The Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute is a week-long program that is offered twice each summer. The dates and subject of the E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Teachers Institute and Primarily Virginia, the VHS on-line institute, vary from year to year. All institutes are open to private and public school teachers of any grade level.  The VHS also offers teacher workshops using primary resources.

Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute

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

This summer institute provides teachers with an overview of the rich history of Virginia from the earliest habitation to the present. In addition, participating teachers will explore the vast collections of the VHS and learn how to teach their students to analyze primary sources and use historical thinking skills. The classes are aligned with the revised curriculum framework for Virginia Studies.

For more information, contact Bill Obrochta at 804.342.9651 or wobrochta@vahistorical.org.

E. Claiborne Robins, Jr.,  Teachers Institute

The E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. Teachers Institute examines Virginia’s history through the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. The program is designed to introduce teachers to the rich collections of the VHS and demonstrate how those materials can be used in the classroom.

For more information, contact Bill Obrochta at 804.342.9651 or wobrochta@vahistorical.org.

Primarily Virginia: MeadWestvaco Online Teachers Institute

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for teachers to explore Virginia’s past by examining objects and primary sources. These pieces of the past will be used as a lens to examine different historical eras in Virginia history. All course work is to be completed through the course website, and there are no required in-person class meetings. Learn more about the Primarily Virginia: MeadWestvaco Online Teachers Institute Fall 2016.

For additional information, please contact Evan Liddiard, 804-342-9689, eliddiard@vahistorical.org.

Teacher Workshops using primary resources

These programs are designed to strengthen the analytical abilities of middle and high school teachers. Teachers will learn historical thinking skills—sourcing, contextualization, corroboration, and close reading—by using letters, diaries, documents, photographs, and maps from the society’s collections. These workshops can be conducted at the VHS or in your school and are perfect for in-service teacher training.

For more information, contact Bill Obrochta at 804.342.9651 or wobrochta@vahistorical.org.

Bill Obrochta

William B. Obrochta, Manager of Educational Services

Do you have a question about the educational resources we offer at the Virginia Historical Society. You may contact me at 804.342.9651 or wobrochta@vahistorical.org. I look forward to speaking with you.