Historic figures come alive at Night at the Living Museum

ST. GEORGE – Valor Hall Academy was excited to welcome the community and allow students to do the teaching at their annual Night at the Living Museum, as part of a partnership with the St. George Art Museum on March 29.

Student portraying Buzz Aldrin | Photo courtesy of Sarah Alamshaw, Valor Hall Academy

Inventors, authors, and explorers were all present as students dressed up as their favorite historical figures and presented on their achievements. Betsy Ross, Beethoven and Pocahontas were among the characters that performed.

Students were excited to showcase their knowledge by creating a poster outlining their characters’ lives, designing a costume, and delivering a speech to parents, relatives and community members.

Some students went the extra mile in their presentations and provided the audience with additional entertainment. Ruth Wakefield, the inventor of chocolate chip cookies, was there in her apron handing out cookies to visitors while a 2nd grader dressed as Beethoven performed a number on his keyboard.

Student portraying Gandhi | Photo courtesy of Sarah Alamshaw, Valor Hall Academy

Jalise Williams, a third grade version of Annie Oakley, said Valor Hall and the Night at the Living Museum allow for “a lot of fun things. My favorite thing is that you get to voice your talents and do presentations that are fun.”

Tena Raleigh, the principal of Valor Hall Academy, said “The purpose of the event was for kids to enjoy, love and live history. It turned out great because the kids were excited to learn from their peers. At Valor Hall, we want to let people know that learning should be fun.”


Valor Hall Academy is a private school located in St. George, and is proudly ranked as one of the top five elementary schools in Utah. Their mission is to provide both spiritual and academic excellence where students will develop the foundation required of leaders.

For more information, visit http://valorhallacademy.com.

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