Platteville Historic Re-enactment

Sat, September 9, 201711:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Platteville will be celebrating its 20th Annual Historic Re-enactment on September 11th-13th. The event will take place in Mound View Park located at Madison and Broadway Streets.

Camp Hours:
Friday, September 8: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 9: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This event showcases the history of America and the area from the mid 1700’s to 1840. It provides accurate first person interpretations of European exploration, military engagements, the fur trade, Native American life, lead mining, and common arts and crafts that would have supported life in the area as people came to Wisconsin and Grant County. The re-enactors, historians, and educators have been chosen for their knowledge, crafts, and skills and for their ability to embrace artistic expression and development, enjoyment and understanding of arts and culture.

Because of the unique educational experience, many school districts, private schools and home school associations send students to the Historic Re-enactment’s Friday “School Day” to enhance their history curriculum. Upwards of 2,000 students and educators attend each year.

The 120-plus re-enactors/ historians/educators have been chosen for their knowledge, crafts, and skills and for their ability to embrace artistic expression and development, enjoyment and understanding of arts in early American culture. There are dozens of different demonstrations planned for this year’s event. All visitors are encouraged to not just listen, but to experience each of the demonstrations presented at the event. This living history event presents the unique opportunity for the general public to have a hands-on experience with history.

The re-enactors are true artisans in their own right, hand chosen to represent the ‘best of the best’ of their trade.

Every year, the committee tries to add to the artisans who participate. Stephanie Saager-Bourret, committee chair, stated "we are very excited to have a juggler and bagpiper join camp this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary."

Also excited about this year’s event is Diana Bolander, Director of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums who says “The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museum is honored to be one of the partners that help make this living history event relevant and accessible to schools and the general public each year.

If you are interested in having a class attend on Friday, “School Day”, please just call the Platteville Regional Chamber to register. (608) 348-8888. There is no cost for admission.

Platteville’s 20th Historic Re-enactment coincides with the 70th Annual Dairy Celebration which is held at Legion Field.