RACHEL Virtual Class

Overcome the limitations of travel with video! The Hermitage proudly offers the Reinforcing American History through Electronic Learning Virtual Class initiative, RACHEL.

Teachers who face prohibitive transportation costs, limited classroom time or geographic limitations can participate in an online, interactive education program led by The Hermitage’s education department.

Award-Winning Video Classes

The Hermitage RACHEL initiative received the 2011-12 and 2014-15 Pinnacle Award by the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration for excellence in presenter effectiveness and educational content.

Ask an Expert!

Are you unsure of your research paper or project on Andrew Jackson? Do you need to bounce some ideas off an expert to help you teach or learn about Andrew Jackson and Jacksonian America better? Are students coming up with more questions than answers? Reach out for an expert to help! This 30-minute event allows your students to ask questions that may not fit neatly in another program. Questions aren’t limited just to Jackson! Reach out to us to help students with research practices, career exploration or project help!

30-minute Ask an Expert Sessions are $30/session. A five-session package is available for $125.

For more information, email [email protected].


50-minute programs are $95/class. A 5-class package is available for $450.

30-minute Ask an Expert Q&A Sessions are $45/session. A 5-session package is available for $200.

Teachers receive a web-conference orientation session at no charge.

Available Classes

  • The Corrupt Bargain Grades 4-12

    Drama! Intrigue! Scandal! The Presidential election of 1824 was the most hotly-contested election in early American history. The Corrupt Bargain takes an interactive look at the election that questioned whether our country is a democracy or a republic. Students will be able to see a revolutionary nation come into its own.

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  • The Importance of Andrew Jackson Grades 4-12

    There is plenty of debate about where Andrew Jackson ranks among the presidents and their impact on our nation, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest Jackson was one of our most important presidents. Examine the life and legacy of Andrew Jackson and how he still matters today.

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  • Origin of the Specie: Andrew Jackson and the Bank War Grades 8-12

    When Andrew Jackson was elected President of the United States in 1828, he promised to reform the government. His first target was the Bank of the United States, whose constitutionality was uncertain. In a protracted battle over a national banking system, Jackson reshaped not only the nation’s economy but also the role of the office of the president.

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  • Slavery at The Hermitage Grades 4-12

    At the peak of The Hermitage’s success as a farm, Andrew Jackson owned about 150 slaves. How did one become a slave? How could widespread slavery happen in a country built on freedom? What was life like for a slave at The Hermitage? Students will discuss these questions and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved.

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  • Trail of Tears Grades 4-12

    The removal of Native Americans from the East to the West is one of the darkest chapters in United States history. Students examine this event in the context of the founding of our nation to see how our citizens and government interacted with Native Americans. Students will learn not only how Native American removal happened, but why.

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