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Transformed into 'wax'

Harry Houdini and Mia Hamm outnumbered all other historical figures at the annual Wax Museum of Famous Americans presented by fourth-graders on Wednesday April 22 at State Street School.

Students researched and studied their characters for weeks before putting on wigs, hats and special clothing to "become" the historic figures at the Wax Museum.

In addition to costumes, props were used to set the scene and educate passersby about important characters in United States history.

Early Americans like Squanto and Pocahontas (in the late 1500s) and Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross (in the 1700s) started off the exhibit, which filled the main downstairs hallway and then continued through the upstairs hallway. Students represented figures from every century, ending with more recent popular figures like Christa McAuliffe, Lance Armstrong, Michelle Kwan and Tiger Woods.

Other famous Americans represented included Laura Ingalls Wilder, both Wright brothers, Neil Armstrong, Sandra Day O'Connor, Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King Junior.

During the day Wednesday, hundreds of State Street School students (third-graders and fifth-graders) filed through the hallways for the traditional event. In the evening, a steady stream of parents, relatives, friends and neighbors enjoyed the research and presentation of the fourth-graders, who held their poses perfectly.

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