Richmond Spies (available virtual, onsite or outreach)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this program, students will learn about spies who lived and worked around the Richmond region especially during the Civil War. Students will learn about Mary Jane Richards, Elizabeth Van Lew, and the lives of soldiers and enslaved individuals during the Civil War. They will also discover how spycraft influenced the outcomes of people’s lives during this time period. Pre-visit materials will prepare students to analyze and discuss different primary sources and artifacts.

Program Objectives

  • Explore the lives of Mary Jane Richards and Elizabeth Van Lew and their roles in Richmond during the Civil War.
  • Discuss the conditions of soldiers and enslaved individuals during the Civil War.
  • Analyze and interpret artifacts and primary sources.
  • Create a link between past and present by comparing artifacts and primary sources to items used today.

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

 

Program Type: school program
Grade(s): 6, 5, 4
SOL(s): VS.1, VS.7, V.8