On Friday, 14 children became temporary parts of the McPherson Museum.

On Friday, 14 children became temporary parts of the McPherson Museum.
The children participated in the Night at the Museum day camp. During the week, they studied historical people, and on Friday, they dressed as various figures and explained to patrons various contributions they made to the museum.
Figures ranged from farmer Heinrich Banman and homemaker Mary C. Brubaker to paleontologist James Z. Gilbert and General McPherson.
Kyle Weber, 11, of McPherson chose to study Banman because of his interest in farming.
“I’ve learned how to use a belt to flail. I didn’t know what a flail was,” Weber said.
Madison Speirs, 10, of McPherson decided to play a Native American and expand her knowledge of ancient American cultures.
“I’ve learned about Indians before. I just like them,” Speirs said. “Any woman without children could go hunting with men. They could get their own food and not starve.”
Sydney Myers took a slightly different approach, playing herself as a fan of the 1936 McPherson Globe Refiners.
“I’m athletic, and basketball is my favorite sport, and I thought they were really interesting,” Myers said.
Elijah Witt, 12, of McPherson played Harvey Harlow Nininger, who worked with meteorites. He said it’s important to remember what people in the past have done.
“You might be able to teach something to someone one day,” Witt said.
Andrew Armstrong, 13, of McPherson played John Willard Hershey, a pioneer in making synthetic diamonds. He said it’s important to remember that people in the past built foundations for people today.
“If we didn’t know the past, we wouldn’t have half the things we have today,” Armstrong said. “People in the past started what we have finished in the future.”