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Virtual Field Trip

Vance Birthplace Virtual Field Trips

Virtually explore life on an early 1800s mountain plantation by scheduling a Zoom field trip with the Vance Birthplace! 

Our field trip programs encourage students to think critically about the past, engaging with historic artifacts and primary sources as they discover the stories of individuals who lived on the Vances' Reems Creek Valley plantation.

Elementary School Programs

Students will learn about the lives of the people, enslaved and free, who lived on the Vance plantation from 1790-1844. How did people work the land? Where did they get their food, clothing, and tools? What was it like to be enslaved in western North Carolina? Students will discover the answers to all of these questions, and more, during a 90-minute Zoom field trip. This program features a virtual version of our popular History Mystery activity, as well as an optional craft project.

Middle School Programs

Through this Zoom program, students will become the historians. They will examine primary sources and artifacts to discover the history of Venus, an enslaved woman who spent her life raising the Vance children, and Mira, her enslaver. This program encourages students to work together and think critically about historic resources. By the end of their field trip, students will know both the importance and the limitations of historical sources and interpretation. (Please note, this program can be adapted for high school students.)

Planning Your Virtual Visit

Virtual field trips cost $30 per group. Fees may apply if adding on a craft activity for elementary groups.

All virtual field trips must be scheduled in advance.

Our field trip programs utilize Zoom, but we can also use Google Meet to connect with your classroom. Students will need internet access and either a computer, tablet, or phone to join the field trip.

At most, we can accommodate approximately 100 students during one virtual visit. However, we recommend groups of 75 or less per scheduled visit to ensure the best experience.

Our elementary program lasts approximately 90 minutes. Our middle school program lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

You may schedule a virtual field trip Tuesday-Friday between 10 AM and 3 PM. However, this availability is affected by staff schedules and other external factors as we navigate COVID-19 restrictions.

Please contact Assistant Site Manager Lauren May with any questions or to schedule your virtual visit!

Vance Birthplace Virtual Field Trips Meet These NC Essential Standards

Kindergarten & First Grade

  • K.H.1.1 Exemplify ways in which people change over time.
  • K.H.1.2 Explain how various events have shaped history.
  • K.H.1.3 Compare life in the past to life today within the home, community, and around the world.
  • 1.H.1.1 Explain how the experiences and achievements of people throughout history have helped contribute to the changes in various local communities and communities around the world over time.
  • 1.H.1.2 Use primary and secondary sources to compare multiple perspectives of various events in history

Second Grade

  • 2.H.1.1 Summarize contributions of various women, indigenous, religious, racial, and other minority groups that have impacted American history.
  • 2.H.1.2 Explain ways in which various historical events have shaped American history.
  • 2.H.1.3 Compare various perspectives of the same time period using primary and secondary sources

Third Grade 

  • 3.H.1.1 Explain how the experiences and achievements of women, indigenous, religious, and racial groups have contributed to the development of the local community.
  • 3.H.1.2 Explain the lasting impact historical events have had on local communities.
  • 3.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to compare multiple interpretations of various historical symbols and events in local communities.

Fourth Grade

  • 4.H.1.1 Explain how the experiences and achievements of minorities, indigenous groups, and marginalized people have contributed to change and innovation in North Carolina
  • 4.H.1.2 Summarize the changing roles of women, indigenous populations and racial groups throughout the history of North Carolina
  • 4.H.1.3 Explain the ways in which revolution, reform, and resistance have shaped North Carolina.
  • 4.H.1.5 Use primary and secondary sources to compare multiple perspectives of various historical events in North Carolina

Fifth Grade

  • 5.H.1.1 Explain how the experiences and achievements of women, minorities, indigenous groups, and marginalized people have contributed to change and innovation in the United States
  • 5.H.1.2 Summarize the changing roles of women, indigenous, racial and other minority groups in the United States
  • 5.H.1.3 Explain the ways in which revolution, reform, and resistance have shaped the United States
  • 5.H.1.5 Compare multiple perspectives of various historical events using primary and secondary sources.

Sixth & Seventh Grade

  • 6.H.1.1 Explain the role various events, people, and groups played in the rise, fall, and transformation of societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
  • 6.H.1.3 Compare multiple perspectives of various historical events in civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas using primary and secondary sources.
  • 7.H.1.1 Distinguish specific turning points of modern world history in terms of lasting impact.
  • 7.H.1.2 Summarize the influence women, indigenous, racial, ethnic, political, and religious groups have had on historical events and current global issues.
  • 7.H.1.5 Explain how slavery, xenophobia, disenfranchisement, ethnocentrism, and intolerance have affected individuals and groups in modern world history.

Eighth Grade

  • 8.B.1.1 Determine how the relationship between different regional, social, ethnic, and racial groups have contributed to the development of North Carolina and the nation.
  • 8.C&G.1.2 Compare how decisions of state and local government conform and conflict with the democratic ideals of the nation.
  • 8.C&G.1.5 Compare access to democratic rights and freedoms of various indigenous, religious, racial, gender, ability and identity groups in North Carolina and the nation.
  • 8.E.1.1 Explain how economic growth and decline have positively and negatively impacted individuals, groups, communities, and businesses in North Carolina and the nation.
  • 8.E.1.3 Distinguish the role women, indingenious groups, and racial minorities have played in contributing to the economic prosperity of North Carolina in terms of equity, equality, and mobility.
  • 8.G.1.1 Summarize the human and physical characteristics of North Carolina and the nation.
  • 8.H.1.1 Explain the causes and effects of conflict in North Carolina and the nation.
  • 8.H.1.3 Explain how slavery, segregation, voter suppression, reconcentration, and other discriminatory practices have been used to suppress and exploit certain groups within North Carolina and the nation over time.
  • 8.H.1.4 Explain how recovery, resistance, and resilience to inequities, injustices, discrimination, prejudice and bias have shaped the history of North Carolina and the nation
  • 8.H.2.2 Explain the influences of individuals and groups during times of innovation and change in North Carolina and the nation.
  • 8.H.2.3 Explain how the experiences and achievements of women, minorities, indigenous, and marginalized groups have contributed to the development of North Carolina and the nation over time.

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