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The goal of this program is to better understand how the country dealt with the deaths of over 620,000 people during the Civil War. Students will use primary sources such as photographs and letters to analyze how the fatalities were felt on the home front. They will leave with a more comprehensive knowledge of how the Civil War changed America’s mourning customs and perspectives of war and death.

Note to Teachers: This program uses several images of dead bodies, both in battlefields and in staged pictures. Please be advised that some students may find these images disturbing.  

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $125.00
By Request: $125.00
By Request Premium: $125.00

Programs are offered at a $50 discount to schools within the state of Virginia.


45 - 60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners College, Community College Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff Retirement Communities

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Religion, 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 am and 4:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled within 48 hours The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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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 will begin with an introduction of the presenter, museum, and topic.
2. The presenter will identify the essential questions of the program and provide necessary historical context.
3. The presenter will guide participants through an analysis of several primary sources (letters, photographs, & other material culture) that present different perspectives on death & mourning customs.
4. Participants will engage in a discussion of death & mourning before, during, and after the American Civil War.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

Essential Questions:
1. Why was the Civil War a turning point in how Americans viewed death?
2. How did the catastrophic fatalities affect the survivors?
3. How do photos and letters act as primary sources during the Civil War?
4. What do mourning customs tell us about past societies?


The participant will:
-Explore the changing perspectives of war and death before, during, and after the Civil War
-Analyze primary sources in order to compare perspectives before, during, and after the Civil War
-Engage in a discussion about funerary & mourning customs in America
-Develop an understanding about the impact war has on customs

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.1 -- Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.9 -- Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RH.9 -- Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.