Most students go to the Milwaukee Public Museum to see displays and learn about life from days gone by. Lannon Elementary School fourth-graders will do it a bit differently. They will be the Native Americans, immigrants, traders and explorers on display for other museum visitors to observe and learn from.
The students in Christopher Hunkins, Katie Bernard and Nancy Collopy’s classes are participating in the “Museum Class Research Project.” A museum educator visited their school in April to discuss the role of the museum. Each class chose a research topic that included “Fur Traders and Explorers,” “Immigrants” and “Native Americans.” They visited the museum to begin their research and see the European Village where they will present their program.
The Lannon students worked at school researching information, writing presentations, constructing display materials and practicing their speaking parts. They will present their material May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a half-hour lunch break at noon. The students and teachers invite community members to attend and see their work which includes a wax museum, Native American dancing demonstration and a beaver dam replica.
The Milwaukee Public Museum is located at 800 West Wells St., Milwaukee.