Miners Ball

Overview

The Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums invite all to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit early by registering for the Miners Ball, which will take place Saturday, February 17, 2024. Go back in time, dress to the nines, and join this Platteville tradition full of food, cocktails, and big band music to dance to!

The Miners Ball began with the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties in 1926 in a time when galas like this were the height of social events and quickly rose to prominence among college students in Platteville, who attracted headlining bands from Chicago such as Lawrence Welk and Perry Como. The Miners Ball was so big that, after World War II, it was held the same night that the giant “M” on the Platte Mound would be illuminated with torches, after having been whitewashed on the Thursday before. Tickets were 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. Now once a year we bring that magic back for a spectacular fundraising gala benefiting The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums.

Historically held during Homecoming for an invited few, but now timed around Valentine’s Day and open for all to enjoy, this romantic event is held in February for the perfect enchanting Valentine’s date. Area residents, students, staff, and alumni can come to reconnect with Driftless Area arts, and culture while benefitting the Museum — which serves as institutional memory for the identity that made Wisconsin the Badger State, and gave Platteville the world’s largest letter “M.”

The music will be provided by the Ken Kilian Classic Big Band orchestra — a true Big Band with five saxophones, six to eight brass, a full rhythm section, and a featured vocalist. This remarkable group delivers the fullness and swinging sound that the music of the Big Band era so rightfully deserves. A cash bar and multi-course banquet will be offered by UW-Platteville Catering Services. Besides food, drink, and music, part of the fun of the evening is bidding on dozens of wonderful items in the silent auction.

The Ball will be held at Robert I. Velzy Commons, UW-Platteville’s premier multipurpose banqueting facility, in Ullsvik Hall. The event begins with a social at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the dance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each for the dinner and dance, or $10 for the dance only. A table of eight may be reserved for $500. Reservations may be made online at www.mining.jamison.museum/programs or by phone at (608) 348-3301.

  • Date

    February 17th, 2024

  • Location

    Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall

  • Order of Events

    5 p.m. Social Hour
    6 p.m. Elegant Dinner Buffet
    7 p.m. Dance & Auction

  • Cost

    $50 Dinner and Dance
    $10 Dance Only
    $500 Reserved Table for 8

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Food and Beverage

Dinner Menu

Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet by UW-Platteville Catering.  Should you have food allergies or dietary restrictions to discuss, please contact us at (608) 348-3301 or museums@platteville.org.

Beverages

Dinner will include complimentary coffee, iced tea, and water. For additional beverages, a cash bar will be available all evening.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The ongoing support and partnership of community members and local businesses helps the Museum to thrive. Tiered sponsorship benefits for the Miners Ball include public recognition in various media, event tickets, engraved wine glasses, and exhibit space at the event.

Click here for sponsor levels and details.

To become a sponsor, mail a check indicating the desired sponsorship level to:

Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums
P.O. Box 780
Platteville, WI 53818

For more information, contact the Museum at (608) 348-3301.

Miners Ball Auction

The silent and live auction are a major fundraising component of the Miners Ball. Support from the auction helps fund Museum programs and operations. Interested in donating to the Miners Ball auction? Mail or drop off your auction item at the Museum by February 6, 2024, or call (608) 348-3301 and we will pick it up.

Auction Donor Form

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