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Influential Individuals from History & Colonial Professions On Display at Edison Elementary

On Feb. 27 and 28, students, teachers, parents and other guests had the opportunity to learn about some of history's most influential individuals and a wide variety of professions from colonial America at Edison Elementary School's Living Museum and Colonial Trade Show.

For the event, students played the role of an influential individual of their choosing as part of the Living Museum which took place in the gymnasium, or they played the role of a professional from colonial America as part of the Colonial Trade Show which took place in the library.

The Living Museum, spearheaded by Edison Elementary teacher Lisa Carver, has become a major annual school event. For the Living Museum, students had to research and write about an individual of their choosing and prepare a short summary to recite, as well as a presentation board. They even dressed the part and were prepared to answer questions as students, staff and other guests visited their station to learn about them.

Students selected some of history’s most influential authors, inventors, and other prominent individuals to showcase for the event. These included authors Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling; historical figures such as John Adams, Barack Obama, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Sacagawea; inventors, astronauts and scientists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Sally Ride; and other groundbreakers such as singer Marian Anderson and primatologist Jane Goodall.

For the Colonial Trade Show, students set up their displays and demonstrations in the library media center and represented a variety of professions including weavers, tailors, milliners, blacksmiths, silversmiths, and coopers. The fourth-grade participants talked to parents, staff and other students from throughout the building about their respective trades as guests crowded around them, rotating from station to station.

The Colonial Trade Show was an annual event at the former Roosevelt Elementary School spearheaded by library media specialist Patricia Ensminger, a volunteer historical interpreter at Old Fort Niagara. Ensminger is now the librarian at Edison Elementary.