Valentine Learning Trunks

Valentine Learning Trunk


For students learning together in hybrid or in-person settings, the Valentine is pleased to offer Valentine Learning Trunks. Learning Trunks are a comprehensive museum in a box experience loaned and delivered directly to your classroom. Each trunk comes with reproduction artifacts and primary sources, activities and suggested lesson plans for integrating this hand-on experience into your curriculum. Additionally, teachers are provided with supplemental digital content, including videos, activities and background information help you utilize the materials and connect with Virginia SOLs.

Trunks are delivered to schools by Valentine staff and can remain onsite for up to two weeks. Following your loan period, the Learning Trunk is picked up by a Valentine staff member, before being sanitized, tidied up and sent out to a new school.

Available Learning Trunk Themes:

  • Powhatan People (Grades K – 6)
  • Design in Time: Hats and Clothing from the past (Grades pre-K – 2)
  • Richmond Changes: Exploring Past and Present in Richmond (Grades K-6)

Learning trunks can also be combined with a virtual museum visit!

Curious what’s in a Learning Trunk? Check out a sneak peek of our Powhatan People trunk below!



Ballot Battle: Women’s Suffrage Virtual Program


100 years ago, women fought for and secured the right to vote with the enactment of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Who were the players working for and against women’s suffrage in Virginia? What strategies did they use to persuade? During this virtual program, students will consider these questions as they analyze primary source documents related to the pro and anti-suffrage movements in Virginia.  


Civil Rights Richmond: Housing Discrimination & Redlining Virtual Program

Right now, Richmond has 1,000 fewer affordable homes than we need to house our citizens this year. In this virtual programs, students will explore how the housing crisis emerged by analyzing primary source documents that look at housing discrimination in Richmond’s past in practice, policy and law. Look at Richmond’s redlining map from the 1930s and make connections from the past to current issues within our city.  


Analyzing Richmond’s Monuments Virtual Program












Richmond’s monument landscape has changed quickly and dramatically recently. In this virtual program, students will be introduced to lesser known Richmond monuments, discuss the nature of public memory, consider how monument design has changed in recent history and engage in critical thinking related to this timely topic. Students will learn about the Lost Cause mythology and analyze primary sources related to the creation of the Robert E. Lee monument on Monument Avenue in 1890.

Program Objectives: The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by analyzing primary and secondary sources and evaluating current events and decisions in Richmond.



Era Explorations: Segregation/ Integration Virtual Program












In this virtual program, students will explore the realities of Jim Crow and the segregation and integration eras in the Greater Richmond area by examining the figures and disputes that shaped national change.

Program objectives: Students will work with primary source documents, newspaper articles and photos to examine the impact of segregation, integration and the Civil Rights Movement on Richmond citizens.



Era Explorations: WWII Homefront Virtual Program












In this virtual Era Explorations program, students will explore primary sources from the World War II home front, including themes of women in the workforce, rationing and the role of propaganda. Discover that victory was the result of efforts by men, women and children and the influence of icons, industry and marketing.


Era Explorations: Richmond in Black, White and Gray Virtual Program












Examine the Civil War in Richmond through primary sources from the lives of the free and enslaved, as well as the Union and Confederate from before, during and after the war. In this virtual program, students analyze artifacts, photographs and other primary sources produced during this period of American conflict.

Program Objectives: Students will learn how the development of a slavery-based agricultural economy in the South lead to the American Civil War, and determine Richmond’s role both in the slavery-based economy and as the Capitol of the Confederacy during the war. Students will also compare and contrast historical perspectives and apply evidence from primary source materials.



Powhatan People Virtual Tour

During your live virtual tour, students will join a Valentine Educator in real-time to learn about the Powhatan people who called the Richmond region home prior to colonization. Students will learn about Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan and the Virginia Indians’ use of natural resources. Pre-visit materials will prepare students to analyze and discuss a mystery object used by the Powhatan.

Program Objectives:

For 2nd Grade – Students will focus on natural resources, the settlement of Europeans and colonization of Virginia.

For 4th Grade- Students will focus on the Powhatan Indians as one of three Indian language groups in Virginia, Algonquin (Powhatan), Siouan, and Iroquoian and will identify and locate current state-recognized tribes.

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


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!


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!