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Stories at the Museum is fun for the entire family!


Children listen to the story of When Marian Sang

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with your family? Then visit the Virginia Historical Society for Stories at the Museum!

In February, the VHS started a free family program called Stories at the Museum. This fall, Target is helping to sponsor the series. Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., museum staff members read a children’s story to families in a different location in the museum galleries. After the story, we walk to the education classroom and create a craft related to the book. We crafted Styrofoam mice when we read Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale during National Hispanic Heritage month, we created our own newspapers when we read Amelia and Eleanor during Women’s History month, and we even made tea cups out of model magic when we read Chachaji’s Cup during Asian Pacific American Heritage month!

Families create crafts in the education classroom.

Each month, the books we read revolve around a different theme. In October, we read stories about Dolley Madison, Arthur Ashe, George Washington Carver, and Eleanor Roosevelt. How cool is it that children can learn about all of these great historical figures and have fun at the same time? All of the books we choose to read have an SOL connection and can be found in your local library or bookstore.

I think this is a fantastic program! Wednesday is now my favorite day of the week! I love knowing that Stories at the Museum is helping children learn about history and giving them a passion for reading and that I get to be part of that process!

Children gather around a museum educator to listen to a story about Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Don’t just take my word for it, read some of the feedback we have been receiving from parents and children.

 “Thank you so much! My kids loved this! It was their favorite thing to do all week!”

“I liked reading the books and doing the crafts!”

“I loved the stories being read in the museum gallery space. It feels like an old time experience!”

“Story reading at different spots in the museum was an awesome way to explore the VHS. The crafts were wonderful!”

“So delightful in our crazy and fast paced world!”

From now until December 14, stop by the Virginia Historical Society at 4 pm for Stories at the Museum. I hope to see you next Wednesday!

Visit for more information! No reservations required!

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  1. 11/04/2011 10:40 am

    Ahhh, to be a child and come to the Virginia Historical Society for storytime sounds like an old-fashioned sweet treat.


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