"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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Educational resources

Visit our Read, Watch, Listen page to access audio and video from past lectures. Many of our videos were created for teachers and students.

Please note:  The educator resources available on this page are related to the old "Story of Virginia, an American Experience" exhibition.  We are in the process of updating our materials to go along with the renovated "Story of Virginia."

The VHS is pleased to offer educational resources, including a downloadable teachers guide to aid in classroom instruction, and links to online Virginia history resources and general American history resources available at other historical organizations.

Teachers Guide

The following sections of "The Story of Virginia, an American Experience" Teachers Guide and Resource Book are available to download as PDFs. Each chapter includes a list of the Standards of Learning that are covered for that specific period of history.

Please note: This guide and resource book was created in 2006 and some SOLs may have changed since publication.

State and National Resources

Virginia history resources

  • American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
    Richmond, VA
    interprets the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Williamsburg, VA
    operates the world's largest living history museum—the 301-acre historic area is filled with hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings.
  • James Madison's Montpelier
    Orange, VA
    presents the lasting legacy of James Madison as Father of the U.S. Constitution, architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth president of the United States.
  • Library of Virginia
    Richmond, VA
    houses materials on Virginia government, history, and culture.
  • Monticello, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation
    Charlottesville, VA
    Art, artifacts, books, buildings, plants, and garden and plantation landscapes of Monticello are all part of the collections related to Thomas Jefferson and the world of Monticello.
  • Mount Vernon
    Mount Vernon, VA
    The historic estate includes a museum, the tombs of George and Martha Washington, Washington's greenhouse, an outdoor exhibit on American agriculture, a memorial to the accomplishments of eighteenth-century slaves, and a collection of decorative and domestic artifacts.
  • Museum of the Confederacy
    Richmond, VA
    serves as the preeminent world center for the display, study, interpretation, commemoration, and preservation of the history and artifacts of the Confederate States of America.
  • Valentine Richmond History Center Galleries
    For over 100 years, the Valentine Richmond History Center has celebrated one of America’s most historic cities. It has collected more than a million objects, preserved photographs, textiles and artifacts and interpreted 400 years of Richmond’s history through items of everyday life. It is this tradition that will guide the History Center's future.
  • Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission
    The General Assembly of Virginia created the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission in 2006 to prepare for and commemorate the sesquicentennial of Virginia's participation in the American Civil War.

American history resources

  • American Antiquarian Society
    Worcester, MA
    holds collections that document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
  • American Philosophical Society
    Philadelphia, PA
    is a national center for research in the history of the sciences, medicine, and technology and houses over 350,000 volumes and bound periodicals, eleven million manuscripts, 250,000 images, and thousands of hours of audio tape.
  • California Historical Society
    San Francisco, CA
    holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.
  • Hagley Museum and Library
    Wilmington, DE
    collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley's collections document the interaction between business and the cultural, social, and political dimensions of our society from the late 18th century to the present.
  • The John Carter Brown Library
    Providence, RI
    houses an internationally renowned collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before c. 1825.
  • Senator John Heinz History Center
    Pittsburgh, PA
    (also known as the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania) collects materials that document the lives of Western Pennsylvanians over the past 250 years. Historic materials include personal letters, business records, uniforms, tools, local souvenirs, paintings of Western Pennsylvania, published books or family scrapbooks, hand-made quilts, and locally-manufactured products.
  • Indiana Historical Society
    Indianapolis, IN
    maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. Their collection subject areas include agriculture, architecture, business, medicine, organized labor, social services, and transportation.
  • Library of Congress
    Washington, DC
    is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  • Minnesota Historical Society
    St. Paul, MN
    holds artifacts ranging from American Indian moccasins and artwork to furniture and photographs, Civil War-era flags and a wealth of genealogical information.
  • National Archives and Records Administration
    College Park, MD
    preserves and provides access to the records of the United States of America. NARA ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their Government.
  • National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
    Washington, DC
    dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples. Its Archives Center houses an array of American history including business Americana, advertising histories of major U.S. corporations, and the Duke Ellington Collection.
  • New-York Historical Society
    New York, NY
    holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include historical artifacts, American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.
  • North Carolina Museum of History
    Raleigh, NC
    comprises more than 150,000 artifacts representing six centuries. It encompasses a broad range of objects that help interpret the state's rich history.


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