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Explore our educational videos. Many of these videos are based on the Standards of Learning (SOL) and include animated primary source documents.  The videos are appropriate for a K-12 audience and even more appropriate for students preparing for the Virginia Studies SOL.  Some videos include a question at the end that will require a student to demonstrate historical and analytical analysis.

The Regions of Virginia
Virginia has five distinct regions: Coastal Plain (Tidewater), Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau. This video describes these five Regions of Virginia and highlights the historical and geographical significance of these areas.
Battle of the Ironclads
This video describes the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack. On March 8, 1862, the world's first ironclad ship, CSS Virginia, destroyed two wooden-hulled U.S. warships at Hampton Roads. This battle revolutionized naval warfare by proving that wooden vessels were obsolete against ironclads. The next day the Union's first ironclad—the USS Monitor—arrived and fought the Virginia to a draw, ensuring the safety of the Union blockade fleet.
Civil War in Virginia
This video discusses the Civil War in Virginia. The video focuses on some of the major battles, generals, and themes of the Civil War in Virginia.
What caused the Civil War
This video looks at the question "What caused the Civil War." The video specifically looks at differences between the North and South and the outbreak of the Civil War.
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1861
This video highlights some of the important events that took place during the Civil War in 1861.
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1862
This video highlights some of the important events that took place during the Civil War in 1862.
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1863
This video highlights some of the important events that took place during the Civil War in 1863.
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1864
This video highlights some of the important events that took place during the Civil War in 1864.
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1865
This video highlights some of the important events that took place during the Civil War in 1865.
Who was Pocahontas?
In this video School Program Coordinator, Caroline Legros, looks at the life of Pocahontas in the Virginia Historical Society's long-term exhibition "The Story of Virginia, an American Experience."
Abduction of Pocahontas
In this video Program Coordinator, Caroline Legros discusses the abduction of Pocahontas in the Virginia Historical Society's long term exhibition, The Story of Virginia.
The Death of Pocahontas
In this video Program Coordinator, Caroline Legros discusses the death of Pocahontas in the Virginia Historical Society's long term exhibition, The Story of Virginia.
Interesting Facts about Virginia Explorer Richard E. Byrd
May 9, 1926 Richard Evelyn Byrd, a Virginia native, becomes the first person to fly to the North Pole. Some scholars will later question the validity of Byrd's claim. Visit http://www.vahistorical.org/…/virginia-histo…/richard-e-byrd to learn more about Byrd and his polar expedition.
The Regions of Virginia
Battle of the Ironclads
Civil War in Virginia
What caused the Civil War
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1861
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1862
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1863
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1864
The Story of Virginia - The Civil War 1865
Who was Pocahontas?
Abduction of Pocahontas
The Death of Pocahontas
Interesting Facts about Virginia Explorer

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