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

A series of one-day professional development opportunities targeted toward Virginia Standards of Learning. These Institutes are held on-site at the Memorial and with historical partners throughout Virginia. Topics include Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Cold War, and the Global War on Terror. Re-licensure eligible and free! 2017 dates will be announced soon.

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 or to register for any of the following seminars, please contact Morgan Guyer at

  • February 9, 2017: Vietnam War Seminar; High School Students Only; Guest Speaker: Professor Renee Garris
  • March 16, 2017: World War II Seminar; Middle School Students Only; Guest Speaker: TBA
  • April 19, 2017: Cold War & Korea Seminar; High School Students Only; Guest Speaker: TBA

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.

Art Contest

In partnership with the Virginia WWI & WWII Commemoration Commission, the theme of this year’s contest is “Legacy.” We are currently accepting submissions from Virginian middle and high school students. The deadline is March 10, 2017. For more details see the links below:

Rules & Guidelines

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.