In Podcast #4 the Virginia Trekkers take you to the heart of Virginia’s government, the Capitol building, where the General Assembly meets to pass laws for Virginia.  Learn the difference between “capital” and “capitol”; find out how Thomas Jefferson was inspired by a Roman temple when he designed the Capitol building; explore the Senate Chamber and the House of Delegates; discover why many people were killed in a Capitol tragedy; and see the first and only true-to-life statue made of George Washington.  Come on!  Let’s go trekkin’!

There is a time capsule buried under the state seal in the floor of the main entrance to the Capitol building.  Inside are various objects showing what life was like in 2007 such as an iPod, a cell phone, a 2007 almanac, a digital camera, and lots of other cool things.

See a list of all the items in the time capsule.

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SOL Correlation:

3.1 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, government (direct and representative democracy), and sports.


VS.3d The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by

  1. d)identifying the importance of the Virginia Assembly (1619) as the first representative legislative body in English America;


VS.4c The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by

c) explaining how geography influenced the relocation of Virginia’s capital from Jamestown to Williamsburg to Richmond;


VS.10a The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by

a) identifying the three branches of Virginia government and the function of each;

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