Students Meet Raptors and History
On February 13, nearly 250 Milwaukee Public Schools students came to the War Memorial Center for a special event celebrating Lincoln’s birthday. Civil War enthusiast and longtime MPS substitute teacher John Thielmann talked about the daily life of a soldier in the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Dressed in a replica uniform from that regiment’s Company K, Thielmann also talked about “Old Abe,“ the famous bald eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. According to Thielmann, “Old Abe” toured the country as a war hero after his service and then retired to a two-room apartment in the Wisconsin State Capitol.
After Thielmann’s presentation, the students from MPS’ Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language, Greenfield Bilingual and Lincoln Center of the Arts had the chance to meet a live bald eagle named Valkyrie. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center educator Sara Sloan and her team of volunteers talked about raptor habits and habitats and in addition to Valkyrie, also presented an owl, hawk and falcon.
Vietnam veterans Bob Pfeiffer and Ruby Scheuing helped greet students and get them to their presentations. Thank you for volunteering!
Second Event Scheduled
The event was so popular that a second was added on April 24, and that one has already hit capacity, with nearly 350 students expected from the MPS’ Auer Avenue, Anna F. Doerfler and Morgandale schools.
If you would like more information on future school programing, please e-mail WMC Education Coordinator Kristen Scheuing.
Click on any photo for full-size. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also posted a photo gallery for the event as well!