Location: 427 N Boulevard, Richmond
Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Cost: Free
Registration: Required. Contact the tour coordinator, Maggie Creech, at mcreech@virginiahistory.org or
804-342-9652 to register.

Pre-registration deadline:


Meet and mingle with other homeschoolers from across Virginia!  Participate in activities for all ages, including guided workshops and gallery walks, as well as self-guided crafts, games, and scavenger hunts.

All-Day Events:

  • Scavenger hunts (Materials may be picked up at the front desk.)
  • Games from the past (Bluford Classroom B)
  • Artwork creation inspired by Story of Virginia (Bluford Classroom B)
  • Replica artifact touch Stations (Story of Virginia Gallery)

Educational Programming Schedule

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Dressing the Past (recommended for grades 1 though 3)
Students will divide their time between the galleries and classroom in this program that uses Period clothing, historic photographs, and replica artifacts to learn about famous Virginians and important periods in Virginia’s history. Participants will be able to draw conclusions about life in the past versus the present and talk about why individuals and communities lived, worked, and dressed differently.

Noon – 1 p.m.  
Primary Source Investigations – Letters from a 49er (recommended for grades 4 to 5)
In 1849, John Robertson Maben traveled to California in search of gold. In a series of 13 letters, Maben describes his travels to his wife, Sarah.  These letters are especially vivid because Maben was witness to events both momentous and mundane. He wrote of the cholera epidemic of 1849, the great St. Louis fire that same year, and the excitement and brutality of the California gold fields. In this program, students will join Maben on his journey, interpreting his letters, tracing his travels on a 19th-century map, and examining the landscape. The program will also incorporate time in the westward expansion area in of our Story of Virginia gallery.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sick Call – Civil War Medicine (recommended for grades 6 to 7)
Though the Civil War is often called “the first modern war” in terms of technology, medicine had not yet caught up. More soldiers died of disease and infection than from battle wounds during the Civil War. This program examines doctors, nurses, and patients in both the North and South and how they dealt with sickness and injury. Students will walk through a gallery display on Civil War medicine, analyze primary sources, and participate in an interactive program to help diagnose a sick patient and treat them for their ailment while also learning how surgeons completed wartime amputations.

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Junior Curator: Colonial Virginia and the Revolutionary War (recommended for grades 8 and up)
Students will tour museum galleries to see and analyze how sources and artifacts are displayed to best illustrate the history of colonial Virginia and the Revolutionary War. The classroom portion will allow students to curate their own pop-up exhibit as they think about and explain the items they would choose to represent this topic.

Learn more at the website.

Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1jC6MuA74lLIj8L5zjRWxLFmoSwM&usp=sharing
Conveniently located at the corner of Kensington Avenue and Boulevard in Richmond’s Museum District; entrance to the parking lot is on Kensington Avenue.

Location is wheelchair and stroller accessible.