The goal of the Virginia War Memorial Education Department is to bring history to life for students and teachers across the Commonwealth. Our programs emphasize learning about the events and conflicts that Virginians have experienced and even having the opportunity to meet some of their participants. Our student seminars and teacher institutes feature veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and the Global War on Terror, as well as a wide variety of speakers and scholars. We have student seminars for selected high school and middle school students throughout the year, but we also offer special programming upon request. As we expand our programs and staff, we are happy to cooperate with teachers to develop tailored programming to be presented upon availability either at the Virginia War Memorial or via outreach directly to classrooms.

Summer Teacher Institutes

WWI & WWII Statewide Teacher Symposium

This summer, the Virginia War Memorial is excited to be participating in the WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission’s Statewide Teacher Symposium! There will be 8 symposia held across the state – the symposia are free for educators in Virginia, but space is limited! For more information and to register, please check here.

In addition, the Virginia War Memorial will be hosting two Teacher Institutes on site:

  • Deciphering the Global War on Terror – Thursday, July 27, 2017 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
    This five-hour program will focus on strategies to understand and teach the Global War on Terror since 2001. Attendees will hear from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, see a film entitled Virginians at War: Iraq – Counterinsurgency 2003-2004, and will leave with resources and activities for the classroom.
  • The Personal Stories Behind Vietnam – Thursday, August 3, 2017 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
    This five-hour program provides attendees with resources and films that can be used in the classroom to teach students about Vietnam. Teachers will participate in a project throughout the day during which they will interview and have informal conversations with Vietnam veterans and analyze their experiences in the War, compared and contrasted to public perception.

REMINDER:  ALL seminars are FREE to Virginia educators, and include a complimentary lunch as well as 5 recertification hours. Space is limited, so please register here as soon as possible or contact Morgan Guyer at with any questions. See you this summer!

Student Seminars

These Seminars combine event historians and veterans who participated in those events with students and teachers from across Virginia. They allow students to participate in small-group conversations that help to further explore what they are learning in the classroom. Seminars are free and offered to public and private schools in the spring and fall. Schools can receive grant money to help cover the cost of sending attendees to the Memorial. For more information please contact Morgan Guyer at

Middle School, High School, and College Field Trips

Field trips to the Memorial are free and can be booked year-round. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and, when possible, can be expanded and tailored to meet your needs. Special grant funding of up to $250 is available to assist with the costs associated with field trips. Additional information can be found here, or contact Kyndall Drumheller at or 804.786.2091.

Other Educational Programs/Outreach

Throughout the year, a variety of additional SOL-aligned programs for middle and high school students are held at the Memorial and off-site at schools around the Commonwealth. Topics vary and programs can be tailored to the needs of each school’s time frame and area of study. Programs are also designed for teachers as professional development opportunities. There is no cost for these programs. For more information about our on-site and traveling programs, please contact Jim Triesler at or 804.786.2062.

Scouting Events

Girl Scout Patch Program – March 25, 2017: A program with discovery, connection, and actions to earn the VWM “See Freedom Speak” patch. Online registration through the Girl Scouts is required. For additional information, please contact Kyndall Drumheller at or 804.786.2091

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day – TBD: A program designed to provide instruction and activities for Scouts to earn Merit Badges in Citizenship and American Heritage. Online Registration through the Council is required.