Classroom Programs

American Civil War Museum Classroom Outreach

The Museum brings history to you in hands-on, inquiry-based outreach programs in your classroom. All programs emphasize historical and critical thinking skills and supplement current Virginia SOLs and Common Core standards. Programs are approximately 40 minutes long, but vary slightly by program and can be adapted to suit your schedule.

Programs are based out of our Appomattox and Richmond locations but are available beyond those regions--including some available as virtual field trips. Please contact us at with more questions or to book a program.

Cost: $75 per program session plus mileage (some scholarships available)


Artifact Investigation

What is an artifact, and what can it tell us about the people who used it? This program invites students to touch, handle, and investigate reproduction artifacts relating to actual and diverse people who lived during the Civil War and to explore their lives through their possessions. Discover a variety of true stories from the Civil War from a different point of view.

Standards: VS.1, VS.4, VS.7, USII.1, USI.9, USI.1, CE.1, VUS.1


Medicine in the Civil War

Why did more soldiers die in hospitals than in battle? How does modern medical technology compare to that of the Civil War? Despite the terrible challenges facing field surgeons and nurses, there were impressive advancements in military medicine during the War. Delve into some of these advancements as well as the reasons behind the striking death toll.

Standards: VS.7, USI.9, VUS.7, VS.1, USI.1, USII.1, CE.1


Getting it Wrong

How can two people look at one event with completely different—even opposite—memories of it? Historians often have to try to figure out the true story by reading between the lines. This program asks students to analyze true historical events using primary sources to try to determine what actually happened.

Standards: CE.1, USI.1, USII.1, VS.1, VS.7, USI.9, USII.3, VUS.1


A House Divided

What caused the Civil War? What did those four devastating years accomplish? With this interactive session, delve into the American Civil War Museum’s unparalleled collections. Encounter some of the most famous stories from the Civil War, discover some stories for the first time, and unearth the lasting legacies of the War today.

Standards: VS.1, VS.4, VS.7, VS.8, USI.1, USI.5, USI.8, USI.9, USII.1, USII.3

Also available as a virtual program


Seizing Freedom

What does it mean to be free? Explore people whose lives were defined not by their enslavement or freedom, but by their resilience in the face of overwhelming oppression. While famous African American people like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman led the movement to end slavery, countless others seized freedom for themselves during the Civil War. Encounter the stories of African American people—both enslaved and free—who embarked on a journey to freedom or worked in other ways to end slavery during an incredibly dangerous time in American history.

Standards: VS.1, VS.4, VS.7, USI.1, USI.5, USI.9, USII.1

Also available as a virtual program


How Shall We Remember?

As early as 1865, people began asking themselves how to remember those who had sacrificed life and limb during the War. How did different people choose to mark the occasion? How did tensions in the aftermath of the War affect how people memorialized it? How has our observation of Memorial Day and memory of the Civil War changed?

Standards: VS.1, VS.7, VS.8, USI.1, USI.9, USII.1, USII.3, USII.4

Also available as a virtual program


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