6th Annual Living History Museum Educates Students

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While giving a presentation in character, Nicolas Aldrete, age 7, dressed as Louis Pasteur, a biologist from 1882, at the Living History Museum at the Imperial Valley Home School Academy.
While giving a presentation in character, Nicolas Aldrete, age 7, dressed as Louis Pasteur, a biologist from 1882, at the Living History Museum at the Imperial Valley Home School Academy.

EL CENTRO – History came alive at the Imperial Valley School Academy as students participated in the 6th Annual Living History Museum. Friends and family were encouraged Thursday and Friday to come and enjoy “A Walk Through Time” experience.

“We wanted to get kids interested in history and have them buy into it,” said Tammie Adams, a teacher at the academy. “Being a part of history is the best way to learn about it.”

The students dressed up as and represented various historical figures from Abraham Lincoln to Johnny Cash. The students’ various props, display boards, and costumes proved to be an inspiring display.

“We started out with only 8 students the first year,” said teacher Laurie Campos. “Each year this event has gotten bigger. We have about 75 students, so we had to split it into two days”.

From the basketball court to the school walls, history covered the school campus. Whether it was Bruce Lee’s karate outfit or Ruth Wakefield’s homemade cookies, there was never a dull moment to be had during the presentation.

“I enjoyed the props we got to use the most,” said Sebastian Aldrete, a student dressed as a young Steve Jobs with an Apple iPad box at his display. “I also enjoyed just being able to tell people about Steve Jobs and how other students are presenting, because these people were really important.”

“My favorite part was getting to present your own character in history,” said Kelsie Grieve, a student dressed as the 1914 film actress and inventor, Hedy Lamarr. “The people here are also very nice.”

“One of the things that I like about this format is that you can give a presentation in front of a classroom,” said Adams. “A lot of times kids will be a little bit shy or reserved. Although, doing it in this type of setting, a lot of them shine. They’re not as afraid of giving presentations with everyone else doing it at the same time.”

Sofia Melvin, a kindergarten student, dressed as a present day veterinarian.
Student Sofia Melvin dressed as a present day veterinarian and helped heal Murrie Plourd’s stuffed dog.
Dressed in a replica red dress and black wig, student Kelsie Grieve presents as the film actress Hedy Lamarr from 1914.
Dressed in a replica red dress and black wig, student Kelsie Grieve presents as the film actress Hedy Lamarr from 1914.
Sebastian Aldrete, a student, dressed as and presenting Steve Jobs.
Sebastian Aldrete, a student, dressed as and presenting Steve Jobs.
Selene Luna, a student, dressed as Ruth Wakefield. As part of her presentation, homemade cookies were passed out.
Selene Luna, a student, dressed as Ruth Wakefield. As part of her presentation, homemade cookies were passed out.