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Submitted Photo/Alec Davis Pictured are: Corban Strange (bottom left), Brianna Wright (top left), Josiah Strange (bottom right) and Natalyn Murrell (top right). The young students of Roswell Community Little Theatre's Kids' in Art ProgramS are bringing interesting Roswell characters back to life at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Museum.

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Roswell’s historic people walk the halls of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico’s museum

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

Kids in Arts Programs (KAPS) — part of the Roswell Community Little Theatre — is inviting the public to the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Museum (HSSNM) on Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 200 N. Lea Ave.

Each of the young KAPS students will impersonate a different character out of Roswell’s rich history. The program is called “The Living Museum: Past and Present.” The audience will learn about people who have shaped Roswell.

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KAPS Committee Chair Angela Strange wrote in an email, “The Living Museum is similar to the Graveside Manor event (at South Park Cemetery) that the Kids in Arts Programs has done in previous years,” she said. “This time we are partnering with the Historical Society.

“Being at the museum, we are able to include people who are not buried at the cemetery and people from different periods of history. The people we are representing range from the early 1900s to those we have lost in just the last few years. A couple of examples include Peter Hurd and Judge (Alvin) Jones. Attendees will also be introduced to some very interesting but lesser known influences on our city. Research was done on each character and, where possible, their families have been interviewed. A few of the kids even wrote their own scripts,” Strange wrote.

“After their tour through the museum, families will have the opportunity to do interactive activities for each character,” Strange wrote. “Character booths are being sponsored by local businesses and nonprofits. Our goal is to promote interest in theater and history among the families of Roswell and build community among the businesses and nonprofits in our area.”

Though walk-ins are welcome, Strange recommends purchasing tickets online. That way attendees are able to choose the exact time of their tour and will not have to wait.

There will be family activities as well, including interactive demonstrations, take-home crafts and raffles, as well as book and craft booths.

All proceeds benefit KAPS of the Roswell Community Little Theatre and the Historical Society.

For more information, email Strange at kapscommitteechair@gmail.com. For tickets, visit roswelltheatre.com.

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