Josie Bellrichard and Kiara Reichstadt are the managers of the Kingsland sophomore class's Decades Project, set for this Thursday at the Spring Valley Community Center.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Josie Bellrichard and Kiara Reichstadt are the managers of the Kingsland sophomore class's Decades Project, set for this Thursday at the Spring Valley Community Center. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
President Roosevelt, meet Bob Dylan.

Later in the day, perhaps, one might have tea and scones with Al Capone.

"I'm going to be Bob Dylan," said Kingsland sophomore Kiara Reichstadt, "and Colt (Hamersma) is going to be FDR."

Josie Bellrichard, fellow sophomore and co-manager of the Kingsland Decades Project, stated, "I'm going to dress up as Al Capone. This year, some people will be presidents giving speeches, and some people will be other famous people. I've got to try to work up a Chicago accent for Al Capone."

Reichstadt and Bellrichard are proud to have been chosen as the managers of Kingsland history teacher Scott Mulholland's annual Decades Project, a nostalgic wander through the decades of the past century, from 1900 to present, as interpreted by his students as they researched and explored what made the news, the clothing, the music and the people of a decade unique and memorable.

"We do all different topics - sports, inventions, books, music. We cover everything...whatever things we have from each decade," Reichstadt explained. "I'm bringing things from the 1960s and some Vietnam pictures my grandpa had."

Bellrichard agreed, "From the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression, we try to show posters, music, outfits, how different it was between the decades. We'll all be dressed up and giving presentations on Americans - in the morning, we'll be telling about a person, like I'm telling about Martin Luther King, Jr."

Reichstadt added, "In the afternoon, we'll impersonate people, like Bob Dylan."

The project's managers began concentrating on the event's arrangements shortly before Christmas, and have spent the past five months making sure that there's representation of each decade by students who compile information and memorabilia from the time corsets were in style to the days of the first moon walk and beyond, to Beyonce, the return of the bubble skirt, and gadgets such as GPS and smartphones.

Bellrichard related that in addition to being Al Capone, she's also going to be representing a young lady from the Roaring Twenties, and that that's just the start of the clothing evolution and the fun of touring the Decades Project - which will be an educational tour for students in elementary through ninth grade and open to the public.

"We're all going to be dressed up, and I'm really excited because I have a really cute flapper dress," she said. "One of my friends has a dress pattern book from the 1950s...I think every group that walks through different decades - like people who lived in the '80s - will feel like they're back in that decade."

Reichstadt is "excited to see this all come together...I hope it all comes together."

Bellrichard agreed, "We've put so much time into this. Mr. Mulholland has benchmarks we have to meet at certain times of the year, and if people do the work and get their posters done, they get to go and be there in costume. This is our first major project. I know my parents are coming, and they know that we've worked hard on this."

Reichstadt concurred, "I think people will see how hard we've worked, and I think they'll like how all the kids are portraying what happened."

The pair concluded, "It'll be lots of fun!"

The Kingsland sophomore history class's Decades Project is slated for this Thursday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring Valley Community Center. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, e-mail Mulholland at mulholland.scott@kingsland.k12.mn.us.