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Education & Outreach

A Sense of Belonging

In Virginia, we enjoy a rich legacy of history. History is all around us, if we know how to read the clues that historic sites, buildings, and objects provide.

Solving History's Mysteries: The History Discovery Lab  is an interactive exhibition that focuses on the process of discovery and involves visitors in what we can find out through historic architecture and archaeology. After experiencing the exhibit, visitors will be able to look with fresh eyes at what is around them in their communities. Teachers, call (804) 358-4901 to schedule a visit with your classroom.

Archaeological Resources & Lesson Plans. Over the past several years, the department has produced a number of educational tools for teachers and students. Go to the Teaching Virginia Archaeology section of this site for further details. To find lesson plans related to archaeology go to the Becoming a Homeplace section of the Virginia Historical Society's online version of their major exhibition, The Story of Virginia .

Teaching with Historic Places. This National Park Service program uses properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. Teaching with Historic Places has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom. The site includes lesson plans for six historic sites in Virginia, as well as guidance in creating lesson plans.

Virginia Naturally. This website provides citizens with “one-stop” shopping to programs and information to learn about Virginia ’s environment.

Other Resources

See the department's Publications page for additional print resources. 

Updated 6.1.12