"No-Show" Miners Ball

"No-Show" 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. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were not able to gather in-person this year, but on September 5, 2020 the Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums hosted the "No-Show" Miners Ball via Facebook Live. Attendees were able to enjoy the Miners Ball from the comfort of their own homes complete with music by the Ken Kilian Trio and no formalwear required.

We invite you to enjoy the recordings of the "No-Show" Miners Ball. Part-one is a 10-minute video explaining the significance and historic roots of the Miners Ball, or M-Ball as it was known. The video includes historic photos going all the way back to the 1930s and contemporary photos from the 2019 event. Part-two includes the raffle drawing and music by the Ken Kilian Trio. A full list raffle winners is available here.

Find an album of photos from the 2019 Miners Ball on Facebook.

"No-Show" Miners Ball - Part 1

"No-Show" Miners Ball - Part 2

Save the Date

Date:  September 17, 2021

Time:  5 P.M.

Cost:  $50 Dinner and Dance | $10 Dance Only

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Thank You, 2020 Miners Ball Sponsors!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Tiered benefits include public recognition in various media, event tickets, exhibit space at the event, and the opportunity to lead the Grand March. Review the sponsor deck for details or call Museum Director Erik Flesch at (608) 348-3301.

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Raffle Donors

Badger Brothers Coffee, Change of Seasons, Country Inn & Suites, Deb Jenny Real Estate, Driftless Market, Erschen's Florist, Hidden Quilts, Jordan Holthaus State Farm Insurance, Mint Hair Studio, Platteville Cleaners, Snickers & Doodles, UW-Platteville Center for the Arts, Amy Gard, Maegen Johnson, and Joanne Wilson

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