Era Explorations

These programs engage secondary students in analyzing primary sources from the Valentine's collection including images, artifacts, photographs and archival materials that illuminate local impact and experience of significant moments in American history.

Program Objectives: These programs engage students in considering essential questions and critical thinking as they analyze primary source documents and examine the figures and disputes that shaped national change during momentous periods in American history.


Choose from:

  • Ballot Battle: VA Women’s Suffrage – 100 years ago, women fought for and secured the right to vote with the enactment of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Students consider essential questions and persuasive language as they analyze primary source documents related to the pro and anti-suffrage movements in Virginia. SOLS – USII.1, USII.4, CE.1, CE.3, VUS.8, English 6.6, 6.7,7.6, 7.7, 8.6 and 8.7
  • Richmond & the Civil War – Examine the war in Richmond through primary sources from the lives of the free and enslaved, as well as the Union and Confederate soldiers before, during and after the war. SOLS – VS.1, USI.1,USI.9, VUS.1, VUS.7a
  • Segregation & Integration -Working with primary source documents, newspaper articles and photos, students examine the impact of segregation, integration and the Civil Rights Movement on Richmond citizens. SOLS – USII.4c, USII.7b, USII.9a, VUS.8d, VUS.13c
  • The Great Depression – Students investigate primary sources related to the economics and programs of the Depression era, including local news article and photos, to learn about the cause of the Great Depression, its impact on Richmonders and features of the New Deal. SOLS – USII.1e,USII.6d, USII.7a, VUS.10b
  • WWII Homefront – Students explore Richmond during World War II, including themes of women in the workforce, rationing and the role of propaganda. USII.1, USII.7

Available as:

  • Museum Field Trip
  • Walking Tour
  • In-school Outreach Program
  • Learning Trunk
  • Virtual Visit



Program Fees & Details:

  • 60 minute onsite program | $5 per student
  • 60 minute outreach program | $5 per student
  • 90 minute walking or bus tour | $75 flat rate
  • Learning trunks | $60 flat rate per school with delivery within 30 miles of the Valentine
  • Virtual visits | $50 flat rate per program
  • Programs are always free for RPS and Title 1 schools. Funding available based on need for other programs upon request.
  • Questions? Call 804-649-0711 ext. 317 or email¬†

Grade Level

High, Middle

Time Period

1850-1865: Civil War Period, 1866-1870: Reconstruction, 1871-1899: Post Reconstruction, 1900-1950: Early 20th Century, 1951-1999: Late 20th Century

Program Type

Learning Trunk, Offsite, Onsite, Virtual