The Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums are pleased to carry on the tradition of this classic Platteville dance celebration started by engineering students in the 1930s.
This annual expression of Platteville pride is a fundraiser for The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, presented by the Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
“We are so happy to return to an in-person event in 2021 with friends,” said Museum Director Erik Flesch. “This legendary Platteville gala is a wonderful celebration of culture and history intersecting that supports a good cause.” The Friends of the Museums reintroduced the Miners Ball in 2019 to raise much-needed funds by drawing attention to the deep connections between the mission of the Museums and the historic roots of Platteville and the university — and quickly became the
Museums’ most important fundraiser of the year.
The Ball will be held at Velzy Commons in the Ulsvik Center on the UW-Platteville campus. In compliance with public health guidelines, masks will be required. During dinner, we will remove our masks to eat and put them back on to dance. “Wearing a mask is no big deal,” remarked former UW-Platteville Provost Joanne Wilson. “The thrill of connecting with my community and seeing people in person far outweighs any inconvenience masks might cause.” The Ball will begin with a social at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the dance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 for the dinner and dance and $10 for the dance only. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mining.jamison.museum/miners-ball-2021 or in-person at the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Attendees with dietary restrictions should contact the museum at (608) 348-3301
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Described by some couples as a prom for grown-ups, the Miners Ball is a contemporary expression of a longstanding Platteville tradition. This year’s musical guest will be the full Ken Kilian Classic Big Band. This premier flagship band delivers the fullness and swinging sound of the Big Band era with five saxophones, six brass, full rhythm section and a featured vocalist.
Before the merger of Platteville’s mining school and teachers college, dances were an important part of extracurricular life each spring, and the Miners Ball — or M-Ball as some called them — became the annual night to enjoy some of Chicago’s best dance bands with stars like Lawrence Welk and Perry Como. The Miners Ball was so big that, after World War II, it was the night the giant “M” would be illuminated with torches, after having been whitewashed on the Thursday before. Tickets could be very difficult to come by, and fun-loving engineering students would outdo one another over the generations with designs for ever-more elaborate crystal or mirrored balls to ornament the hall. Last year, many couples had their pictures taken with one of these very balls!
“It is such an honor that our community has revived this legendary Platteville gala for the benefit of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums,” said Museum Director Erik Flesch. “It is a wonderful celebration of culture and history intersecting that supports a good cause.” The Friends of the Museums reintroduced the Miners Ball in 2019 to raise much-needed funds by drawing attention to the deep connections between the mission of the Museums and the historic roots of Platteville and the university.
The mission of the Museums is to continue in the pursuit of excellence in the areas of regional and mining history. Although the university phased out the mining engineering program in the late 1980s, the industry that brought Platteville the “M” remains a nostalgic part of Platteville’s identity. Displays at the Miners Ball will crystallize some of the connections between the Museums and the region’s mining legacy.
View recordings of the 2020 "No-Show" Miners Ball.
Date: September 17, 2021
Time: 5 P.M.
Cost: $50 Dinner and Dance | $10 Dance Only
Please contact the museum at (608) 348-3301 or email email@example.com if you have dietary restrictions.
2021 Miners Ball Sponsors!
Thank you to the Miners Ball Sponsors for their ongoing support and partnership with the Museums! Their generosity helps the Museums create experiences that enhance our community!
Platinum Ore Level
Gold Ore Level
Jordan Holthaus State Farm Insurance
Platteville Regional Chamber
Silver Ore Level
Bob Hundhausen, Edward Jones Advisor
Julianna and Mark Ihm
Sponsorship opportunities available. Tiered benefits include public recognition in various media, event tickets, exhibit space at the event, and the opportunity to lead the Grand March. Download sponsorship information here or call or email Museum Director Erik Flesch at (608) 348-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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