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History Makers Virtual Tour

Join a Valentine Educator for a live virtual tour and introduce your students to the museum in real time. We will explore the stories that museums can tell and focus on those of important Virginia history makers, including Pocahontas, Arthur Ashe, Maggie Walker, George Washington.   

Program Objectives: Students will compare and contrast, discuss past and present, examine artifacts and identify the stories of individuals who contributed to national, state and local history.

Includes pre-visit materials and videos that provide supplemental content and activities!

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Wickham House Virtual Tour

During your live virtual tour, a Valentine Educator guide will lead your group in real-time through the Wickham House, a national historic landmark constructed for the Wickham family in 1812. Students will learn about history of the home, as well as stories of the individuals that lived and worked in the house, including the Wickham family and the enslaved laborers.  

Choose from one of three themes below for the focus of your tour:

  • Eye-Spy! Past and Present – Learn about life in the past as you visit the Wickham House. Discover what games children played, what they ate, how they learned and even what their bedrooms looked like! Virginia SOLs: K.1, 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, VS.1 USII.1 
  • Greek by Design – Discover arches, columns, wall painting and view the unique shapes and designs within the building as your students tour this house looking for Neoclassical Architecture. K2, K3, K4, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.10, 3.1a, b, e, g, 3.3, 3.5 
  • Women in the Wickham House – Hear stories of Betsy, Nancy and Amy and other women who lived and worked in the Wickham House.  Discuss suffrage, agency, resilience and creativity and learn how life has changed for women in Richmond since 1812.  VUS.6d 

Includes pre-visit materials and videos that provide supplemental content and activities!

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Design in Time Virtual Tour

Join a Valentine Educator to dive into pattern and color while exploring the clothes we wear and the jobs we do. During this live virtual program, a Valentine Educator will lead students through the museum’s Costume and Textiles exhibition in real time, discovering clothing from long ago and today.

Program Objectives: Students will identify colors, shape and designs found in the clothing collection and relate them to their everyday life.’

This program can be modified to meet most grade levels and the Pre-k Creative Curriculum Clothing Unit!