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History speaks at Wax Museum

Kegan Thole tells his grandfather, Terry Thole, about the life of former Viking receiver, Randy Moss. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 1 / 6
Naomie Holmquist talks about her historical person, Annie Oakley, at the Osakis Wax Museum. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)2 / 6
Tessa Gjerstad was excited to talk about Elvis Presley at the Osakis Wax Museum. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)3 / 6
Dressed for the part as Queen Victoria, Rylee Muzik gives information about the United Kingdom's famous monarch. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 4 / 6
Wearing a wig, Tyler Bruemmer provides information about Albert Einstein while his mother, Anna, records the moment with her phone. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 5 / 6
Cody Schablin, who likes engineering, talks about aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright. His friend in the top hat, Wade, selected Orville Wright. (Al Eednloff / Osakis Review) 6 / 6

A sign by the entrance to the Osakis High School gym Friday noted, "Shhhh...Please whisper. History is speaking."

And there was a lot of speaking going on from the likes of Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong and dozens of other historical figures.

It was the annual Wax Museum presented by Osakis Public School fourth-graders.

Sixty-four students, taught by Justin George, Julie Backes and Dylan Kohorst, participated. The students selected historical people, researched their lives and put together a display that included a biography, timeline and pictures drawn by the students. Most of them went all out — dressing up for the part, putting on wigs and makeup, or using props.

When the gym was opened, family members of the students walked from one exhibit to another. When they pushed a paper red button on the displays, the students "came to life," reciting the lives of their historical characters. They also answered any questions people had.

Rylee Muzik, who played the part of Queen Victoria, said the Wax Museum was fun and educational. "I liked doing the drawing of her and I liked taping pieces (of information) on the board," she said.

When Naomie Holmquist was asked why she picked to become Annie Oakley, she said, "Because she looked a lot like me."

Cody Schablin had another reason for selecting his character, Wilbur Wright. "I like engineering things so I picked Wilbur — and my friend, Wade, is Orville Wright."

Megan Schlosser said she likes gymnastics and after her mom suggested with some possibilities, she picked Mary Lou Retton. "I liked the photos of her," she said.

Elvis Presley was the choice for Tessa Gjerstad. "I love music and I think he's good at writing music and singing," she said.

Tyler Bruemmer enjoyed his role as Albert Einstein, even donning a wild, white wig for the part. Why pick Einstein? Tyler thought a bit and said, "I'm smart and he's smart."

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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