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During this program students will explore what demographics made colonial Virginians' lives different. This program will study the beginnings of government in Virginia, enslavement versus indentured servitude, the impact of English colonists on Virginia Indians, and how colonial Virginians lived in their day-to- day lives. From objects to paintings, to letters & broadsides, this program will look at a variety of different primary sources that shine a light on what life was like in colonial Virginia.

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Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00

This program is offered at a $50 discount to schools within the state of Virginia.


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners university Public Library: Library Patrons Retirement Communities

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum, but we suggest no more than 30.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Programs are available Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to inclement weather conditions. A full refund will be granted to sites that cancel more than 48 hours in advance.

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HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Richmond, VA
United States

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture utilizing video and web conferencing to reach learners of all ages across the state of Virginia and around the world! HistoryConnects is made possible in part by the Hugh V. White, Jr., Outreach Education Fund.

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Program Details


1. The program begins by looking at the first attempts to colonize Virginia, including the "Lost" colony of Roanoke, and the landing at Jamestown in 1607.
2. The program includes an introduction to the economic and government structure of colonial Virginia.
3. The program will look at the creation of a tobacco culture, with an emphasis on the growing system of slavery.
4. The educator will share and discuss the primary sources and replica artifacts associated with the colonial era in Virginia.
5. The audience will examine specific individuals and situations to promote an understanding of the experiences of famous and everyday Virginians, and those who lived in Virginia, during the colonial era.


The participant will:
-identify the attempts of European countries to colonize the New World;
-discuss the development of a representative government and the rise of a tobacco culture;
-examine the changing labor systems, including indentured servitude and slavery;
-be able to identify between primary and secondary sources

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Our programs are aligned with both national standards and Virginia Standards of Learning. While our programs can be tailored to suit learners of any age, they are initially designed for students in upper elementary and secondary schools.

State Standards

Virginia Standards
Virginia Studies
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by
a) explaining the reasons for English colonization.
b) describing how geography influenced the decision to settle at Jamestown.
c) identifying the importance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London in establishing the Jamestown settlement.
d) identifying the importance of the General Assembly (1619) as the first representative legislative body in English America.
e) identifying the importance of the arrival of Africans and English women to the Jamestown settlement.
f) describing the hardships faced by settlers at Jamestown and the changes that took place to ensure survival.
g) describing the interactions between the English settlers and the native peoples, including the contributions of Powhatan to the survival of the settlers.
The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by
a) explaining the importance of agriculture and its influence on the institution of slavery.
b) describing how the culture of colonial Virginia reflected the origins of European (English, Scots-Irish, German) immigrants, Africans, and American Indians.
c) explaining the reasons for the relocation of Virginia’s capital from Jamestown to Williamsburg to Richmond.
d) describing how money, barter, and credit were used.
e) describing everyday life in colonial Virginia.