School Programs


The Valentine offers hands-on, interactive student programs and walking or bus tours for the academic year that enhance classroom instruction and make history come alive.

The following programs and tours are offered during the 2017-2018 academic year. All programs are compatible with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements, and led by Valentine educators and guides. Use the filter below to search for programs or view our program brochure. Advance registration required. To book a program click here  for questions please contact education@thevalentine.org.

Whose Hat is That?

Whose Hat is That?

Using hats, dance and stories, students examine roles in our community from long ago and today!

Program Type: school program, summer program
Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 1, k, prek

Design in Time

Play with patterns and colors while exploring shapes and textures found in the houses we live in, the clothes we wear and the art we make. Available onsite May through January, this program guides students through the Wickham Cellars and our Costume and Textiles exhibition, Our (He)Arts on our Sleeves, while discovering designs from long and today. Program can be booked as an outreach, year round.

Program Type: school program, summer program
Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 2, 1, k, prek

Figures of Freedom

Beginning with Capitol Square, learn about the people that impacted freedoms in Virginia and the nation. Includes a tour of the First Freedom Center along with a stop at the Henry Box Brown monument, among others.

Program Type: school program, summer program, school walking tour
Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

Wickham House and Galleries

Enjoy a guided scavenger hunt through the museum galleries and a tour of the 1812 Wickham House (includes Hands on History experience in the McClurg bedroom and Wickham Cellar).

Program Type: school program, summer program
Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth, Teens, College
Grade(s): 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, k, prek

Looked at Lived In

Discover a variety of shapes, colors, patterns and designs and learn about life in the past as students explore the museum and buildings on the Valentine’s block of Clay Street.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): k, prek

Our Changing Community

Trades and recreation activities of early Richmond residents are examined through artifact investigations, games and a craft. Students engage with hands on artifacts, play games and learn about how life in the past is different than today.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 1, k

Mapping the Monuments: History Makers in Richmond

Students utilize map skills while learning about Richmonders who shaped our local and national history. The Powhatan, Christopher Newport, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Maggie Walker, Arthur Ashe and others are discussed.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 3, 1

Symbols in the City: Discovering Flags

Explore the use of flags and symbols in our region and why they are important. Learn to fold a flag, sing songs and design your own flag.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 2, 1, k

Powhatan Indians

Students use Indian artifacts to learn about the lives of the Eastern Woodland Indians of Virginia and their reliance on natural resources. Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, language groups and geography are discussed per grade level and artifacts and crafts are included.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 4, 2, k, prek

Richmond Spies

Learn about spies who lived and worked in the Richmond region during the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Students use primary sources, stories and artifacts to uncover the mystery of these intriguing figures in history.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 6, 5, 4

African Americans in Richmond

Students explore the identities of enslaved and free African Americans in Richmond from pre-Revolution to post Civil War by examining artifacts and primary sources. Some of the notable figures discussed in this program are Henry Box Brown, Maggie Walker and Athur Ashe.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 5, 4

Fall Line City History

What made Richmond a city and a capital? Students identify the City’s resources, transportation, manufacturing and history, from settlement to modern city, adding pieces to the puzzle that becomes a Fall Line City.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 7, 6, 5, 4

Era Explorations: Richmond in Black, White and Gray

Examine the Civil War in Richmond through the lives of the free and enslaved, Union and Confederate, and through the lens of prolific photographers. In this program, students analyze artifacts, photographs and other primary sources produced during this period of American conflict.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6

Era Explorations: The Great Depression

Identify the effects of the Great Depression in Richmond, the economics and programs of the time and how they resonate today.

Program Type: school program
Age Range: Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6

Whose Hat is That?

Program Type: school program, summer program
Whose Hat is That?

Using hats, dance and stories, students examine roles in our community from long ago and today!

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 1, k, prek
SOL(s): K1, K2, K3, K7, K8, K10

Design in Time

Program Type: school program, summer program

Play with patterns and colors while exploring shapes and textures found in the houses we live in, the clothes we wear and the art we make. Available onsite May through January, this program guides students through the Wickham Cellars and our Costume and Textiles exhibition, Our (He)Arts on our Sleeves, while discovering designs from long and today. Program can be booked as an outreach, year round.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 2, 1, k, prek
SOL(s): Social Studies: K1, K2, K3, K4, K6; Math K1, K16

Figures of Freedom

Program Type: school program, summer program, school walking tour

Beginning with Capitol Square, learn about the people that impacted freedoms in Virginia and the nation. Includes a tour of the First Freedom Center along with a stop at the Henry Box Brown monument, among others.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): VS.1a-g, VS.5b,d, VS.6a-d, VS.7c

Wickham House and Galleries

Program Type: school program, summer program

Enjoy a guided scavenger hunt through the museum galleries and a tour of the 1812 Wickham House (includes Hands on History experience in the McClurg bedroom and Wickham Cellar).

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth, Teens, College
Grade(s): 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, k, prek

Looked at Lived In

Program Type: school program

Discover a variety of shapes, colors, patterns and designs and learn about life in the past as students explore the museum and buildings on the Valentine’s block of Clay Street.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): k, prek
SOL(s): K2, K2, K3, K4

Our Changing Community

Program Type: school program

Trades and recreation activities of early Richmond residents are examined through artifact investigations, games and a craft. Students engage with hands on artifacts, play games and learn about how life in the past is different than today.

Age Range: Early Childhood, Youth
Grade(s): 1, k
SOL(s): K1, K2, K3, K7, K8

Mapping the Monuments: History Makers in Richmond

Program Type: school program

Students utilize map skills while learning about Richmonders who shaped our local and national history. The Powhatan, Christopher Newport, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Maggie Walker, Arthur Ashe and others are discussed.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 3, 1
SOL(s): 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.10, 3.3, 3.5, 3.11

Symbols in the City: Discovering Flags

Program Type: school program

Explore the use of flags and symbols in our region and why they are important. Learn to fold a flag, sing songs and design your own flag.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 2, 1, k
SOL(s): 1.1, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13

Powhatan Indians

Program Type: school program

Students use Indian artifacts to learn about the lives of the Eastern Woodland Indians of Virginia and their reliance on natural resources. Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, language groups and geography are discussed per grade level and artifacts and crafts are included.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 4, 2, k, prek
SOL(s): 2.1a-g, 2.3a, 2.6, 2.7a, 2.8, VS.1a-f, VS.2a-g, VS.3g

Richmond Spies

Program Type: school program

Learn about spies who lived and worked in the Richmond region during the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Students use primary sources, stories and artifacts to uncover the mystery of these intriguing figures in history.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): VS1a-g, VS.5b-c, VS.7b-c

African Americans in Richmond

Program Type: school program

Students explore the identities of enslaved and free African Americans in Richmond from pre-Revolution to post Civil War by examining artifacts and primary sources. Some of the notable figures discussed in this program are Henry Box Brown, Maggie Walker and Athur Ashe.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 5, 4
SOL(s): VS.1a-g, VS.5b, VS.7c, VS.8b, VS.9d

Fall Line City History

Program Type: school program

What made Richmond a city and a capital? Students identify the City’s resources, transportation, manufacturing and history, from settlement to modern city, adding pieces to the puzzle that becomes a Fall Line City.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 7, 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): 2.8, VS.1a-g, VS.4c, VS.8c, VS.9a, VS.10b-c

Era Explorations: Richmond in Black, White and Gray

Program Type: school program

Examine the Civil War in Richmond through the lives of the free and enslaved, Union and Confederate, and through the lens of prolific photographers. In this program, students analyze artifacts, photographs and other primary sources produced during this period of American conflict.

Age Range: Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6
SOL(s): USI.1, USI.2d, USI.5d, USI.9

Era Explorations: The Great Depression

Program Type: school program

Identify the effects of the Great Depression in Richmond, the economics and programs of the time and how they resonate today.

Age Range: Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6
SOL(s): USII.1, USII.6a, USII.6d

Era Explorations: Rosie the Riveter

Program Type: school program

Examine the WWII home front including women in the workforce, rationing and the role of propaganda. Discover that victory was the result of efforts by women and children and the influence of icons, industry and marketing. Discover what shaped the “Greatest Generation” in Richmond.

Age Range: Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6
SOL(s): USII.1, USII.7

Era Explorations: Segregation/Integration

Explore the realities of Jim Crow and segregation in the Greater Richmond area and the figures and disputes that shaped national change.

Age Range: Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6
SOL(s): USII.1, USII.9a, USII.4c

Ancients in our Neighborhood

Program Type: school walking tour

On this walking tour through Richmond’s Court End neighborhood, students explore Richmond architecture influenced by Egypt, Greece and Ancient Rome. Stops include (but are not limited to) the 1812 Wickham House, Capitol Grounds, Egyptian Building and Monumental Church.

Combine with Greek by Design for an in depth look at neoclassical architecture in the Wickham House!

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 5, 4, 3
SOL(s): 3.1a,b,e,g, 3.3, 3.5, 3.13, VS.4c, 3, VS.6b

Capitol Square

Program Type: school program, summer program, school walking tour

This guided walking tour explores Capitol Square’s rich history and architecture. When booking your program, let us know if you’d like to book an interior Capitol tour at no additional cost.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

Hollywood Cemetery (for students!)

Program Type: school program, summer program, school walking tour

Stroll through Hollywood Cemetery and enjoy the history, and landscape that comprises this public space. This walking tour focuses on the cemetery’s unique history, its landscape design, architecture, symbols and noted residents including two U.S. Presidents and writer Ellen Glasgow.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

Revolution and Rebellion

Program Type: school program, summer program, school walking tour

Walk through Church Hill Neighborhood and learn about Richmond’s role during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Tour stops include the site of Elizabeth Van Lew’s mansion, St. John’s Church (exterior)* and Libby Hill.

* An interior visit to St. John’s church can be arranged at an additional cost of $5 per student and $6 per adult.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 7, 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): VS1a-g, VS. 5b-c, VS.7b-c, U.SI.9a, d, f, USII.4a

Let’s Make History: Wallpaper

Program Type: school program

While touring the 1812 Wickham House, student’s will discover how home décor (like
wallpaper) can serve as primary sources. This STEAM-focused program was designed
in collaboration with Studio Two Three and includes a wallpaper printmaking activity  emphasizing design thinking.

Age Range: Youth, Teens, College
Grade(s): 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3

The Nation’s Beginnings

Program Type: school program, summer program, school bus tour

On this guided bus tour, with stops at St. John’s Church and the State Capitol, students discover what a fall line is and why it was important to Richmond’s development, as well as examine Richmond’s role in the formation of the country.

* An interior visit to St. John’s church can be arranged at an additional cost of $5 per student and $6 per adult.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 7, 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): VS.1a-g, VS.5b-d, VS.7b-c, U.SI.9a, d

Richmond’s African American Heritage Tour

Program Type: school program, summer program, school bus tour

On this guided bus tour, with a stop at the Maggie Walker Historic Site (exterior) or the Black History Museum and Capitol Square, students explore the important role that African Americans played in our city and state’s history.

Customize your tour and let us know if you’d like to include an interior visit of the Capitol or the Maggie Walker Historic Site.

Age Range: Youth, Teens, College
Grade(s): 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): VS.3e, VS.4b, e, VS.5b, VS.7a, c, VS.9c, USI.5b, c, USII.3b, USII.4c

Richmond Canals

Program Type: school program, summer program, school bus tour

This walking tour focuses on the development of Richmond’s canals in the early 19th century, demonstrating their importance to the early history of Virginia, territorial expansion, industries, and the growth of the city.

Age Range: Youth, Teens
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): 2.8, VS.1a-g, VS.5d, VS.8c, VS.9a, VS.10b-c

Richmond and the Civil War

Program Type: summer program, school bus tour

On this guided bus tour, with stops at Capitol Square, historic Tredegar, and either the Museum of the Confederacy or the Virginia Historical Society, students examine Richmond’s role in the Civil War and the major events that took place here.

Age Range: Youth
Grade(s): 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): SOL: VS1a-g, VS. 5b-c, VS.7b-c, U.SI.9a, d, f, USII.4a