Calendar of Events

Winter Lyceum: “Kaiten: Japan’s WWII Human Torpedo That Stunned the U.S. Navy”

WWII ended 50 years earlier when a stunning discovery in 1995 led to a 25-year journey for Mike Mair of Platteville. John Mair, a U.S. Navy veteran, had never revealed to Mike and his siblings the horrific sinking of his ship USS Mississinewa (AO-59) on November 20, 1944. Mike interviewed nearly 300 U.S. and Japanese veterans, reviewed naval records, made scuba dives on Mississinewa while writing the book “Kaiten.” Mike gave a historic speech in Japan in 2019. Learn how the story will continue with global connections and a worldwide film in the making.


Winter Lyceum: “The Mining Museum’s Bevans Mine Adventure 45 Years Later”

Winter Lyceum: “The Mining Museum’s Bevans Mine Adventure 45 Years Later” A Fabulous Panel Presents “The Mining Museum’s Bevans Mine Adventure 45 Years Later”Discover the legacy of our region’s mining history through the words of actual local folks who worked in on discovering and opening the mine to the public for the American Bicentennial in …

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Spring Community Free Day

Community Free Day Celebrate with us! This year the Museums are commemorating three milestone anniversaries - the 50th of the completion of the Mining Museum, the 45th of the opening of the Bevans Mine, and the 40th of the Rollo Jamison Museums! To thank the citizens of Platteville for their continued support, The Mining & …

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2021 Walk Down Main

Walk Down Main Discover the influences of architect Henry Kleinhammer around downtown Platteville during the hybrid virtual/live 2021 Walk Down Main. View a virtual presentation by James Hibbard via Zoom with live Q&A and take a self-guided walking tour of 14 featured buildings. Co-hosted by the Platteville Main Street Program and The Mining & Rollo …

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$10 – $80

Heritage Day

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

We are excited to announce that this July 4th Heritage Day returns as an in-person event at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, with programming from 9:00am until 5:00pm. This year we celebrate a milestone anniversary: 40 Years of Heritage Day! The first Heritage Day at the Museums was held in 1981 to celebrate Rollo …

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College for Kids

Online Event

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Youth Programs gave gone virtual in 2021, and The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums are collaborating with the Sauk County Historical Society in the creation of "How To Power-UP STEAM with History: College for Kids and Middle University." Call us for information at (608) 348-3301, or register online at

Young Pioneers Camp

Young Pioneers is a fun four-day camp for students entering 2nd through 5th grades. Participants travel into the past and experience what life was like in the 1800s.


Loren Farrey Memorial Open House

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

The Farrey family is holding a memorial open house for Loren Farrey, who passed away in December of 2020. Loren was a man of many talents; an educator, mining historian, author, genealogist, and storyteller. Everyone is welcome to stop by the Museums, share stories with Loren’s family and friends, and see his contributions to The …

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Mine Day

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

Mine Day commemorates 45th anniversary of the re-opening of the Bevans Mine in 1976. It is a celebration of the pioneering spirit of ingenuity, inquiry, enterprise and development that shaped the mining district as well as our Museum. Join us for a day of earth science and industrial crafts fun and festivities. All day, enjoy family-focused …

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Pick & Gad Picnic

We want to celebrate our volunteers and donors in honor of the Museums’ trifecta of anniversaries: the 50th of the completion of the Mining Museum, the 45th of the opening of the Bevans Mine, and the 40th of the Rollo Jamison Museum. Join us for a picnic in the Museums’ backyard, special small group tours …

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POSTPONED Platteville Historic Re-enactment

After much soul-searching and discussion, the 24th annual Platteville Historic Re-enactment, scheduled for September 10-12 at Platteville’s Mound View Park, has been postponed because of the steadily rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the area. See the  VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING and CURRICULM MATERIALS available on our website. Video content, resources, and activities provide tools and inspiration for educators …

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Miners Ball

This formal event for couples of all ages invites everyone passionate about the history of Platteville to dress up, to enjoy a great dinner, and to swing to the music of a Big Band orchestra— just like generations of young engineers in training did starting back in 1926. This annual expression of Platteville pride is …

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