History's finest come alive at school

Castle Heights Elementary School was the place Tuesday evening to sit down and chat with some of history’s most famous – and infamous – characters. The Museum of Living History opened to parents, family members and friends in the school’s cafeteria and featured a pl...
Mar 6, 2013
 Photo: Jared Felkins • Lebanon Democrat

Rosie the Riveter, played by Castle Heights Elementary School fifth-grader Maggie Sanders, was just one of about 80 historical figures represented Tuesday at the Museum of Living History.

 

Castle Heights Elementary School was the place Tuesday evening to sit down and chat with some of history’s most famous – and infamous – characters.

The Museum of Living History opened to parents, family members and friends in the school’s cafeteria and featured a plethora of famous figures, both living and past, from all walks of life.

Castle Heights Elementary School was the place Tuesday evening to sit down and chat with some of history’s most famous – and infamous – characters.

The Museum of Living History opened to parents, family members and friends in the school’s cafeteria and featured a plethora of famous figures, both living and past, from all walks of life.

The event featured about 80 fifth-graders dressed in costume amid backdrops that further highlighted the people they represented. It also doubled as a fundraiser for the school’s fifth-grade social studies classes to buy teaching supplies.

“We’re excited about what they’ve done, but we’re more excited about what they’ve learned,” said principal Terry Trice.

Among the characters depicted by students Tuesday were Neil Armstrong, Pat Summitt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Amelia Earhart, Daniel Boone, Babe Ruth, Dolly Parton, Jefferson Davis, Andrew Jackson, Henry Ford, Loretta Lynn, June Carter Cash, George Washington and Davy Crockett. Even Adolph Hitler made an appearance.

“Some of the characters are infamous,” Trice said. “They aren’t necessarily the most honorable of historical figures. But they are important figures in history.”

Even some inanimate objects, such as the Statue of Liberty, and symbols of past times like Rosie the Riveter, were brought to life by the fifth-graders.

“They’ve worked hard and have gone to great lengths in preparing for this event,” Trice said.

The students remained statue-like until coins dropped into their respective tins brought them to life to recite brief histories of the characters they portrayed.

To see more of the students at the Museum of Living History, go to spotted.lebanondemocrat.com and click on the photo gallery.

 

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