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Children Dress up as Historical Figures for Museum Contest

By Ben Fractenberg | December 29, 2011 8:23am

UPPER WEST SIDE — About 50 spectators watched children dress up as historical figures for a DiMenna Children’s History Museum competition on Wednesday.

A half dozen elementary school-aged kids practiced walking, talking and acting like their favorite historical figures at the museum on Central Park West, between 76th and 77th streets. Finalists for the costume prize included a British redcoat and two American colonialists.

The redcoat won the best "about face" prize in a costume made by his mother, according to a museum spokesman.

The contest was part of the museum's winter break series of events this week. The events include a scavenger hunt, historical art making and history quiz.