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19th Virginia Political History Project

Happy 100th Birthday JFK


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Center for Politics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Since 1998, the University of Virginia Center for Politics has hosted the annual Virginia Political History Project. This year's theme is “Happy 100th Birthday JFK.” Activities will include the race to the moon, When JFK was elected in 1961, he went to congress and asked to put a man on the moon; a giant obstacle course, JFK believed physical fitness was a very important part of life and strength of the nation; story telling,JFK emphasized the importance of sharing our nation’s voice to other parts of the world. He called this the “voice of freedom, the voice of America”; giant jenga,JFK describes the value of one action and how a single person can have an impact in making a difference; tie dye t-shirts, JFK wanted the world to peacefully respect different ideas that came from different people; team building, JFK effectively worked with his team to think of a solution for many rising problems.



18th Annual Virginia Political History Project

Kid Power


Thursday, June 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Center for Politics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Since 1998, the University of Virginia Center for Politics has hosted the annual Virginia Political History Project. This year's theme is “Kid Power.” Activities will include a mock election to encourage the most fundamental form of civic participation; an obstacle course with lessons on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights; Bracelet-making as part of a lesson about cultural diversity in the United States; a reading of Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, with a discussion about how one child can make a difference in society and the main presenter will be Chris Campbell, a singer, songwriter, musician, and ventriloquist. Campbell’s educational and lesson-oriented songs cover everything from the alphabet, to U.S. presidents, the 50 states, exercise, confidence, and dealing with bullies.



17th Annual Virginia Political History Project

Prominent People In Virginian History You May Not Know


Thursday, June 25, 2015
10:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Newcomb Hall Ballroom
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Since 1998, the University of Virginia Center for Politics has hosted the annual Virginia Political History Project. This year's theme is "Prominent People in Virginia History You May Not Know About". Actors will portray characters through historical interpretation and some of the actors are U.Va. graduate students from the Drama department. The following is a list of the historical figures we will represent to approximately 250 to 300 children from day camps in Central Virginia: James Armistead, Henry Clay, Clementina Rind, Henry “Box” Brown, Elizabeth Keckley, Blanche Bruce, Belle Boyd, Nancy Astor, and Dorothy Height. We will also have posters representing other notable historic figures. A professional magician will perform while telling the story of Henry “Box” Brown. There will also be a quiz game with a civic engagement theme.



16th Annual Virginia Political History Project

Out of Order


Friday, June 20, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Nau Hall Auditorium
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Since 1998, the University of Virginia Center for Politics has hosted the annual Virginia Political History Project. This year's event will begin with a screening of the Emmy award winning documentary Out of Order, which explores partisanship and the growing lack of civility in the U.S Congress. Following the screening Prof. Larry Sabato will moderate a discussion with US Senator Mark Warner (D) and former US Senator John Warner (R), both of whom appear in the documentary

This event was recorded. To watch click here



15th Annual Virginia Political History Project

Living History


Wednesday, July 10, 2013
10:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Center for Politics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Since 1998, the University of Virginia Center for Politics has hosted the annual Virginia Political History Project. This year’s theme is "Living History" for K – 12 students to learn about Virginia history in an entertaining and interactive environment. The day will feature historic re-enactors covering Jamestown through the 20th century as well as fun activities that include a Virginia trivia booth and making political buttons. Presidential re-enactors will include: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson. The First Virginia Regiment will be demonstrating military drills and discussing the Revolutionary War. There will be representatives from some of Virginia’s Native American tribes, The Moton Museum of Farmville will be here to talk about civil rights in Virginia and actress Morgan McCoy will portray 4 women’s lives from pre-slavery to the first African American female millionaire. This event is being run in conjunction with a two day Youth Leadership Initiative educational event for Virginia teachers.