Interactive Outreach Programs

The Museum of the Confederacy offers interactive outreach programs to students within a 190-mile radius. Utilizing our handling collection and a PowerPoint review of the American Civil War, our trained educators bring history to life in the classroom. The total program time is approximately 45 minutes. Choose one of the four interactive programs designed to cover the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Outreach programs are available on weekdays from September through February. To schedule an outreach visit, click here or call our education and programs specialist at (855) 649-1861 ext. 122.

NEW! Skype outreach: 30 minutes or less is free.  30 minutes to an hour is $50. An hour or more is $75.  All current hands on programming is available.

Program Options

African Americans:  From Slavery to Emancipation | 30 minutes

A group of 15 or more students is required for this program
This hands-on program examines African-American life through reproduction objects and historic photos.  Students try their hands at carding cotton and being a soldier in the United States Colored Troops. Themes explored include plantation life, work roles, "King Cotton," the Underground Railroad, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Civil War Amendments as well as the contributions of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
Offered to 4th - 7th grades.
SOL'S: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, and USI.9.

 

Life on the Homefront | 30 minutes

A group of 15 or more students is required for this program
During this hands-on  program, students discover the impact of war on the homefront, examining jobs created by war and the changing workforce.  Other topics explored include inflation, wages, shortages, and substitutions.  Students role cartridges, sign treasury notes and participate in a shopping spree. 
Offered to 4th-6th grades.
SOL'S: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, USI.9

 

The Common Soldier | 30 minutes

A group of 15 or more students is required for this program
Using reproduction uniforms, equipment and weapons, this program explores the day-to-day life of the common soldier. Students actively participate by trying on uniforms and learning the nine steps of loading and firing a weapon. Instruction covers the reasons soldiers fought, the equipment they carried, and the food they ate. Advances in weaponry are discussed as well. 
Offered to 4th - 7th grades.
SOL'S: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, and USI.9
 

Medical Practices of the Civil War | 30 minutes

A group of 15 or more students is required for this program
From health and hygiene to field surgery, this program introduces students to the grim world of Civil War medicine.  Student volunteers pass a physical, perform triage, and act as assistant surgeons during a mock amputation.  The use of reproduction medical equipment makes this program intriguing to all age levels.  Designed to expose many of the myths about medicine of the time, attention is given to the reasons behind the high disease rate, the use of anesthetics, and the purpose of amputation.
Offered to 4th - 11th grades.
SOL'S: VS.1, VS.7, USI.1, USI.9, VUS.1, and VUS.7

Rates:

  • Within a 30-mile radius: $75 per presentation (up to 30 students). Additional students are charged $3.
  • Within a 31 to 60-mile radius: $75 per presentation (up to 30 students). Additional students are charged $3. A minimum purchase of two presentations or 55 students is required.
  • Within a 61 to 120-mile radius: $125 per presentation (up to 30 students). Additional students are charged $5. A minimum purchase of two presentations or up to 55 students is required.
  • Within a 121 to 190-mile radius: $125 per presentation (up to 30 students). Additional students are charged $5. A minimum purchase of three presentations or up to 80 students is required.