RICHMOND, Va. – This fall, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture will offer 100% free citizenship preparation classes to help prepare aspiring new citizens to take the U.S. citizenship test.
For eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from October 26 to December 14, 2022, museum staff will help prepare aspiring citizens with civics and history lessons necessary to pass the citizenship examination. Unlike other citizenship classes, this course will allow for participants to interact with original historical objects, books, maps, and documents. Participants will also receive free study material to continue their preparation after the class ends.
The citizenship preparation classes also provide participants the perfect opportunity to visit and utilize the museum’s traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith as a resource for the citizenship test. This exhibition examines the government’s founding and the continuing story of America’s bold experiment in a “government of, by, and for the people.” Participants will be able to walk through the story of American democracy from its very start and explore five interactive themes that explain the guiding principles the United States operates from.
“In our efforts to continue supporting the community, we are excited to be a resource to those that wish to take the next steps in becoming U.S. citizens,” Jamie Bosket, President, and CEO at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture said in a statement. “No matter where you are in your journey to becoming a citizen, we encourage you to come to your state history museum and let us help support you.”
Classes will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm every Wednesday, starting October 26 to December 14, 2022. Pre-registration is recommended, but guests can register at the door on the evening of the first class. Guests should also be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
For more information or to register for classes, visit VirginiaHistory.org/Citizenship.