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Jaxon Kluver, portraying Orville Wright, talks about his character during the 4th Grade Wax Museum at the Osakis Public School gym last Wednesday. The annual event gives students the opportunity to learn about the lives of famous people. Students gave short biographies of their character’s life and also answered questions for attendees. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)1 / 5
Amelia Crossley, dressed as Deborah Sampson, talks to an attendee at the Wax Museum. Sampson disguised herself as a man and served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)2 / 5
Zoe Wright talks about her character, astronaut Sally Ride, during the Wax Museum. Ride was the first women to travel into space. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)3 / 5
Maddi Bouldin talks about Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the “Little House on the Prairie” book series. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)4 / 5
Levi Walter holds a baseball bat while talking about Lou Gehrig, who played 17 years for the New York Yankees. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)5 / 5

Famous figures who helped shape history came to life at the Osakis Public School Wednesday, March 28.

It was the annual "Wax Museum" — a chance for fourth grade students to present their homework on historical leaders such as astronaut Sally Ride, baseball legend Lou Gehrig, author Laura Ingalls Wilder and dozens more.

A total of 56 students researched the lives of famous people, living or dead, and then played the part of their character while interacting with the public.

People coming into the "museum" would push a "button" to bring the character to life. The student would present a short biography of their subject's life and answer any questions.

Many of the students dressed up like their character and displayed props or information highlighting their life achievements.

"The wax museum is like a celebration of sorts," said teacher Julie Backes. "The students worked hard for about eight weeks researching their person. Students are required to read at least one book, and are able to use a variety of websites to obtain more information. The students learn how to sift through information and take notes. This project is very cross-curricular — sketching their person in art class, constructing timelines on the computer, creating a poem and public speaking."

The students are always a little nervous before the wax museum, but they end up having a good time, Backes added. "Mr. Kohorst, Mr. George and myself are very proud of the students on the great job they did on their biography projects," she said.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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