Where can you speak directly to some of the most fascinating personalities of the colonial history of the United States at one place? Persons like as Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Pocahontas (just to name a few)? Well, at the 5th Grade’s “Colonial Living Wax Museum” of course! Last Thursday, February 26th, 2015, over 40 Montverde Academy 5th grade students gathered on the outdoor patio of the McQuaig Gymnasium and Activity Center dressed in various colonial character’s attire. Many MVA Lower-school students, parents, staff, and faculty were also present in support of the 5th grade students participating in the “Living Wax Museum.” The successful Lower-school scholastic event encompassed attendees walking from student to student, and pressing “hand-made wall buttons” that prompted each participant to speak/present their prepared and informative speeches that detailed the lives and experiences of their respective historical figures. Without a doubt, the MVA 5th grader’s “Colonial Living Wax Museum” was a wonderfully educational experience for everyone who attended.

According to Americaslibrary.gov, “European nations came to the Americas to increase their wealth and broaden their influence over world affairs. The Spanish were among the first Europeans to explore the New World and the first to settle in what is now the United States. By 1650, however, England had established a dominant presence on the Atlantic coast. The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. Many of the people who settled in the New World came to escape religious persecution. The Pilgrims, founders of Plymouth, Massachusetts, arrived in 1620. In both Virginia and Massachusetts, the colonists flourished with some assistance from Native Americans. New World grains such as corn kept the colonists from starving while, in Virginia, tobacco provided a valuable cash crop. By the early 1700s enslaved Africans made up a growing percentage of the colonial population. By 1770, more than 2 million people lived and worked in Great Britain’s 13 North American colonies.”