Each of McDonald’s students researched and read a biography on a selected historical figure. From the information they gathered, students were able to come up with the costumes, props, script and personality that they used to bring to life more than a dozen legends from the past. Visitors to the living museum included parents and K-12 students who — when touching a button at each exhibit — were entertained with a brief history lesson from the student portraying each historical figure.
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Damien Wilhelm as Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein might best be known for developing the theory of relativity, but in Damien Wilhelm’s biographical portrayal, spectators also learned that the man whose name is synonymous with genius did not like school. Wilhelm also recounted that Einstein worked as shoemaker, earning 50 cents a day, and that someone tried to kill Einstein twice for $5,000. It was also said that Einstein — worried that his old students in Germany could make an extremely powerful bomb — contacted President Roosevelt and suggested that the U.S. undertake similar research, which led to the development of the atomic bomb. Wilhelm said that the man who created one of the most devastating weapons of all time was upset that the bomb was used because he didn’t believe in violence.
Addison Trammell said her grandma played a big role in setting up the display, but all eyes were on Addison as she retold the story of woman’s suffrage leader and activist, Susan B. Anthony. Long before the 19th Amendment and before her quote “failure is impossible” became famous, Anthony was growing up in a large family that was inherently passionate about social reform. A pivotal moment for Anthony was when she became a school teacher and discovered that men got paid more than women. Some of Trammell’s favorite stories about Anthony include her riding a bike and carrying a purse during a time only men were allowed to do so. Another moment was when Anthony ran into the President of the United States. When the president asked her what she wanted, she said she wanted women to be able to vote. –Submitted.