Young Historians Create Wax Museum at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Third graders at St. Joseph’s Indian School studied historical figures and took part in a Wax Museum activity.

Many of us have joy-filled childhood memories of dress-up days and pretending to be someone famous. St. Joseph’s Indian School’s third-grade teachers, Melissa and Jen, combined these two happy pastimes for their students in a wax museum experience in March. The day coincided with on-campus parent-teacher conferences, so families got to join in the fun.

Nineteen students wore period clothing related to a historical figure of their choice. Each child studied their person and prepared to act the part. When prompted by the push of a button, the mannequin-still students came to life and recited their biographies.

“Jackie Robinson” shows us his baseball stance during the third grade Wax Museum.

Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Benjamin Franklin and other famous historical figures were all present.

Josephine explained, “I chose Harriet Tubman because she was interesting, and I wanted to learn more about how she helped free slaves.”

Wax Museum audience members stop to hear from “Amelia Earhart.”

Sophia had a different reason for her choice, saying that because she aspires to be a nurse someday, she took on the persona of Clara Barton.

“I wanted to be Susan B. Anthony because she devoted her time to helping women have the right to vote,” said K’AnndieLove.

For Chantz , what drew him to play Benjamin Franklin was learning about the experiments Franklin did. We’ll watch Chantz if we see him heading outdoors with a kite and a key during the next thunderstorm.

The entire class was in attendance to play their parts, each with a unique reason for selecting their historical figure, each dressed up and ready to speak at the push of a button, and each making a joy-filled memory for everyone who shared in the day.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

8 thoughts on “Young Historians Create Wax Museum at St. Joseph’s Indian School”

  1. What a fun and clever way to bring historical figures into students’ classroom lives. Kudos, teachers!

  2. These are the moments that give my heart, mind and soul so much pleasure: Seeing these handsome, bright children enjoy their learning experience as an EVENT to stay with them as great childhood memories and not just so much homework. Thank you AGAIN, St. Joe’s, for all you do.

      1. And that you do, shows exactly the great things you are doing for these kids… just learn about it, work for it and KNOW THEY ARE SUPPORTED in every whichaway, so that naturally, they can become whatever they want to be. They are amazing, and you help make them so. Again, the pleasure is all MINE! :-)))))

  3. With current articles about the early residential schools for Native American children, your continual pictures and stories demonstrate how hard you work to give the St. Joseph children the best life possible. Your emails lift my spirits and are the first I open!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Dianne! We appreciate your support and kind words. This work is so needed and such a blessing.

  4. What a great idea! I think this will further whet their appetites for learning about what they can do to make the world a better place.

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