Teaching Resources

Supporting teachers and students is at the heart of the Valentine's mission. Explore our Richmond history resources and teacher opportunities below.

Collections in the Classroom

Analyze Richmond history using primary sources from the Valentine’s collection and student lesson plans in PDF format for easy download.  

Hand drawn first map of the city of Richmond from surveyor William Mayo in 1737

William Mayo's Map of Richmond, 1737

Collections in the Classroom

Lucky Strike Ad with a tobacco farmer holding a giant golden tobacco leaf.

Lucky Strike Advertisement, 1945

Collections in the Classroom

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Creating Suffrage Memes

Lesson Plan: Using postcards from the early 20th century, students will explore basic propaganda techniques used in the suffrage debate and create memes to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, or to encourage all citizens to vote.

Large sand colored building with battered walls and palmifrond columns. Surrounded by an iron fence.

Greek By Design

Lesson Plan: Students will examine buildings in Richmond better understand how Greek and Roman architecture influenced design in Richmond during the Federal Period.

Bronze statue of Maggie L. Walker with a crowd surrounding her at the dedication.

What's Missing from Richmond, Virginia's Monumental Landscape?

Lesson Plan: Explore stories of fellow Virginians who contributed to Richmond’s story. Consider the city of Richmond’s existing monumental landscape and craft your own proposal for which of these History Makers should be honored with the next monument! 

Professional Learning

Discover Richmond history, have fun and earn recertification hours! The Valentine offers free teacher professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers in the Richmond region. Find public teacher workshops on our event calendar or submit a request for your school or district and we’ll be happy to organize a program based on your interest and availability.


Valentine Teacher Fellowship

A group of people are shown talking during an event. At the center is a white person who wears a hat and glasses, and listens to another person.

Valentine Teacher Fellows gain professional development experience while making a tangible impact on museum programming. Fellows develop educational resources based on the museum’s collection, assess programs and support summer teacher workshops. The Fellowship program is offered every summer and teachers receive a stipend of $3,000.