Field Trips

Off-campus classes that require travel to the destination(s).

Courses

FIELD TRIP This traveling exhibition explores the causes and forces that sparked the Space Race, a decades-long rivalry between the United States and the USSR. In addition, The Virginia Museum of History and Culture has worked with NASA Langley Research Center to create a complementary exhibition that tells the story of Virginia's contributions to the exploration of 'the final frontier.' Because of the tour costs, fees for this class are non-refundable.


Friday April 21, Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Friday May 12, Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Come tour historic Brown's Island with the American Civil War Museum and learn the role this location played in the Civil War. (Fee for this course is non-refundable.)


Friday, May 5, Brown's Island
Have you ever wondered why Richmond was a major pre-Civil War slave-trading center, second only to New Orleans? If so, join me as we follow the trail of the enslaved population as they disembarked and were brutally marched to the Shockoe Bottom slave jails to face lives of enforced labor. We end the hike on a more positive note with the arrival of President Lincoln's visit after the fall of Richmond and his impact on the former slaves.


Saturday, Feb 25, Richmond Slave Trail
FIELD TRIP In this series of classes we will explore dishes and flavors from around the US. Featuring hands on cooking in class, students will learn how to make three to four dishes from each region while also learning cooking tips and tricks that will help with everyday cooking. Recipe packets are provided for students to take home. Fees for this class are non-refundable.


Thursday April 27th, Kitchen Classroom
FIELD TRIP In this series of classes we will explore dishes and flavors from around the US. Featuring hands on cooking in class, students will learn how to make three to four dishes from each region while also learning cooking tips and tricks that will help with everyday cooking. Recipe packets are provided for students to take home. Fees for this class are non-refundable.


Thursday 2/23, Kitchen Classroom
FIELD TRIP In this series of classes we will explore dishes and flavors from around the US. Featuring hands-on cooking in class, students will learn how to make three to four dishes from each region while also learning cooking tips and tricks that will help with everyday cooking. Recipe packets are provided for students to take home. Fees for this class are non-refundable.


Thursday 3/16, The Kitchen Classroom
FIELD TRIP It'll be just us at the VMFA for a docent-led tour of this special exhibit, the first exhibition to explore the guitar's symbolism in American art from the early 19th century to the present day. Featuring 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments, the exhibition demonstrates that guitars figure prominently in the visual stories Americans tell themselves about themselves: their histories, identities, and aspirations. Because of the tour costs, fees for this class are non-refundable.


Friday 2/17, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Friday 2/17, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
CLASS AND FIELD TRIP Edgar A. Poe grew up, lived in, and started his writing career in Richmond as a popular journalist and short-story writer at the Southern Literary Messenger. Murray Ellison (a Poe scholar) and Poe Museum Curator Chris Semtner will lead one class on the UR campus on the life, work, and death of Poe around Richmond. In the second session, Murray and Chris will lead an inside tour of the 100-year-old Poe Museum in Richmond.


In class on Wed, Apr 5; field trip to Poe Museum on Wed, Apr 12, The Poe Museum
FIELD TRIP Led by a park ranger, the Pumphouse History Tour takes participants on a journey through time as they explore the 1883 Pumphouse, which brought unfiltered river water to the citizens from Richmond from 1883 to 1913. The building was designed as both a functional piece of public works and also a community gathering space.


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FIELD TRIP On this tour, participants will learn about Shalom Farms's mission to improve access to healthy food throughout the area, including information on how the organization came to be and how food is distributed. Participants will then head out into the fields for a tour of the Powhatan farm site and will hear about Shalom's growing practices along with the opportunity to taste various crops as available.


Tuesday, May 9, Shalom Farms
FIELD TRIP Join this fun, unfettered tour of our state Capitol. We'll begin at the Library of Virginia for an overview, then go on a walking tour of the grounds en route to the Capitol. Your tour guide of the Capitol will be former Chief of Staff Bill Leighty, who promises to be unencumbered by facts. We will exit via the east entrance, and enjoy a short tour of the Governor's Mansion to end our day. (We will begin and end this tour at the Library of Virginia.)


Friday, Mar 17, Library of Virginia
Friday, Mar 24, Library of Virginia
FIELD TRIP Enjoy a docent-led tour of Richmond's Valentine Museum. Drawing from the Valentine's extensive collection of signs, the latest exhibit will highlight Richmond businesses and independent artisans' stories from the 18th century to present day. (Because of tour costs, fees for this class are non-refundable.)


Friday, May 12, Valentine Museum
FIELD TRIP Taste some wines from the up-and-coming winemakers and vineyards that are pushing the boundaries of what is grown and produced in Virginia. Chef Warren Haskell will make food pairing with two wines: one white and one red. Fees for this class are non-refundable.


Thursday 4/13, The Kitchen Classroom
FIELD TRIP Join a Valentine Museum docent to learn about the cemetery's history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Fees for this course are non-refundable.


Friday. Apr 28, Hollywood Cemetery
Join a Valentine Museum docent for a walking tour to learn about the rich history of Jackson Ward through the many murals that enhance this area. Fee for this course is non-refundable.


Friday, Apr 21
CLASSES AND BUS TRIP We will review a brief history of America's founding and America's founding documents in conjunction with an overview of the National Archives and its role in preserving American history This introduction will be followed by a day-long trip to the National Archives in DC. A final session will be devoted to sharing our individual experiences at the Archives. (Part 1 was offered in 2019 and is not a required prerequisite for this course.) Due to costs associated with this course, fees are non-refundable unless we can fill your slot.


Tuesdays, April 11 and 18 for in person classes. Saturday, April 15 is field trip to DC, TBD - UR Campus
FIELD TRIP In this series we will explore wines from different countries and regions around the world, both old and new. In each class students will be guided though tasting eight wines by a knowledgeable wine professional, with light snacks provided. Wines will be selected to highlight the variety and styles of the area. Fees for this class are non-refundable.


Thursday 3/30, The Kitchen Classroom
FIELD TRIP In this series we will explore wines from different countries and regions around the world, both old and new. In each class students will be guided though tasting eight wines by a knowledgeable wine professional, with light snacks provided. Wines will be selected to highlight the variety and styles of the area. Fees for this class are non-refundable.


Thursday 2/16, The Kitchen Classroom