• Collage of images, including Maggie Walker, her home, and the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank

    Maggie L Walker

    National Historic Site Virginia

Curriculum-based programs

School group on the front porch of the Walker home
Join a ranger for a curriculum-based tour of Maggie Walker's home
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To schedule a reservation for your school group call (804) 771-2017 x 24.

Reservations for school groups should be made as far in advance as possible, especially for the most popular school tour seasons, mid-March through mid-June and September through October. All programs are free.

Nickels to Dollars: (2nd to 4th Grade): Students participate in a ranger-guided tour at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site to learn about the life and times of a remarkable business woman, Maggie L. Walker. Students become detectives, listen to ranger stories, look for clues, and use photos to help them discover the Maggie Walker story. The students view museum exhibits, photographs, artifacts, and the Maggie Walker house. Learning activities and hands-on participation involve all student detectives on the case of learning how Mrs. Walker turned nickels to dollars.

Ties to Virginia Standards of Learning:

History and Social Science: 2.3, 2.6, 2.10, 2.12, 3.7, 3.8, 3.12 English: 2.2, 2.8, 2.11, 3.1

Legacy of Maggie L. Walker: (3rd to 5th grade):Students participate in a ranger-guided tour at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site to learn about the extraordinary life and contributions of Maggie Walker. While working in small groups, students become super sleuths to discover the life of Mrs. Walker. The students view museum exhibits, photographs, artifacts, and the Maggie Walker house to draw conclusions. Various activities and group discussions involve all students in this great learning adventure.

Ties to Virginia Standards of Learning:

History and Social Science: VS.1, VS.9 USI.1 English: 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.8

Middle and High School Curricula: Students participate in a ranger-guided tour at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site which includes the visitor center film, exhibit hall, and Walker's home. Teachers may select from numerous post visit lessons that involve students using primary sources to discover how African Americans coped during the era of Jim Crow and racial segregation. On-site ranger-guided tours, group discussions, and hands-on participation offer students great learning opportunities.

Ties to Virginia Standards of Learning:

History and Social Sciences: USI.1 a, b, c, e, h, USI.9f, USII.3 b , c, USII.4 b, c, d, e, USII.6 a, c, and USII.8 d

Did You Know?

Women teachers with class circa 1900

In many states, when women married they could no longer teach school. Maggie Walker had to give up her teaching job when she married Armstead Walker in 1886.