Annual Live Twitter Reenactment

MPM's Education Department and UWM history undergraduate students create an annual reenactment on Twitter of an event from Milwaukee history.

students workingParticipants each select a character and conduct further original research to develop their character and how that individual was a part of the larger event. Their research culminates in a series of first-person tweets chronicling their character's experience. 


Event Details

polar bears postcardThis year's re-enactment will be of an important event from local and science history: the birth of Zero, the first polar bear cub born in a North American zoo to survive to maturity. His mother, Sultana, gave birth to Zero in Milwaukee’s own Washington Park Zoo. You’ll hear directly from different real and fictionalized historic figures, based on the students’ original research, about this landmark event in conservation history. Follow along the morning of December 2, Zero’s 102nd birthday, on Twitter at #MKEZero.

This postcard features Sultana and two of her cubs. To learn more about Milwaukee’s Zoo history, visit UWM's Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. You can also follow the students' research throughout the semester on Twitter at @HIS450MKE.

Date and Time

Thursday, December 2, 2021
9:30 a.m. - Noon


past reenactments 

twitter logoIn 2020, we "witnessed" the first official weather forecast in the United States, issued on November 8, 1870 by Milwaukee naturalist Increase Lapham.

In 2018, we braved an unexpected winter blast as we reenacted the Armistice Day blizzard of 1940. The characters included outdoor enthusiasts, Great Lakes ships’ crews, municipal officials, and weather scientists. 

In December 2017, we "tackled" the Green Bay Packers 1939 championship win over the New York Giants, played at State Fair Park. The characters included lightly fictionalized fans, local workers, press, players, and family members. Preview this reenactment below, or click here to read the full story!