Famous Missourians come alive in Purdy wax museum

Saturday, June 1, 2019
For the 20th year, Purdy Elementary School held its wax museum of famous Missourians, with 44 fourth graders lining the hallway and presenting speeches on each of their assigned persons. Seth Hutchens made his pitch as world famous Barry County agronomist Curtis Marbut. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

For the 20th year, Purdy Elementary School held its wax museum of famous Missourians, with 44 fourth graders lining the hallway and presenting speeches on each of their assigned persons.

The wax museum of famous Missourians at Purdy Elementary School was not confined to long-dead figures. Emily Maddocks portrayed rock star Sheryl Crow, noting her favorite part of her enactment was using the guitar, which she hopes to learn how to play. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Cyris Williams sang “I’ll Fly Away” in his rendition of songwriter Albert E. Brumley for the wax museum of famous Missourians on May 15. Williams told how Brumley wrote 800 songs and his buried near Powell, where he lived and ran his music publishing business. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Fellow students and past students came to visit the Purdy Elementary School’s wax museum of famous Missourians. Some past students, according to one of the organizing teachers, came to relive their characters again, while others expressed disappointment that the Missourian they embodied was not one of the featured figures this year. The show was nonetheless a year-end hit with students and parents who visited. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com