History Teacher Creates Museum In Her Classroom

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RAHWAY — Rahway High School World Culture Teacher Kristine Moore loves to travel and visit museums.  In order to share her passion with her students and enrich their learning environment, she has collected artifacts from her travels and displays them in her classroom.  Among her favorites are several statues from the recent King Tut exhibit in New York, including a sphinx.

The stories behind the artifacts enliven discussion. Moore has a statue of a Chinese warrior, a replica of a life-sized warrior statue found buried with a king in China.  It seems that before his death, the king demanded that he be buried with his entire army.  Since no one wanted to kill all his soldiers, his successor decided to make over 8,000 individual unique statues of each member of the army and bury those.  Generations later, a Chinese farmer was plowing and became aggravated when a hole opened and swallowed his plow.   He brought his neighbors together to dig out the area.  There they found the long buried army, known as the Terracotta Army.

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All these museum pieces, displayed on shelving around the room, offer Rahway High School students a chance for a 3-D experience in the culture of the world.

Kristine Moore, world cultures teacher at Rahway High School, displays a replica of a Chinese soldier, part of the Terracotta Army.

Classroom shelf displays replicas from museums around the world.


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