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Winter Lyceum (6 of 6)

Museum Collection Specialist Christina Grev Presents "How We Saved the Boxing Squirrels and the Taxidermy Collection"

In-Person at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, 405 E. Main St., Platteville
Date: April 7, 2024

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series

In Fall 2023, the museum collections team worked with Conservator Terry Brown to learn how to clean and preserve the museum’s taxidermy collection. Collections Manager Christina Grev illustrates the process of testing these specimens for heavy metals, cleaning the mounts, and restoring our 1917 golden eagle and the famous boxing squirrels.

Christina Grev received her BA in European History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a dual master’s degree in Library Science and Public History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native Minnesotan, she now works as the Museum Specialist-Collections and Education at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums.

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Spring Community Free Day

Date: May 4, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE for Platteville residents

To thank the citizens of Platteville for their support since 1964, The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums offers two community free days each year. Museum admission, including a Guided Mine Tour and Train Ride (weather permitting) will be free to Platteville residents with proof of residency. Registration is suggested.

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Young Pioneers Camp

Dates: July 15-18, 2024
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $35 per Student | $25 per Student within Household or Grandparent Museum Membership | Registration Required (Scholarships available)

Young Pioneers Camp is a fun day camp for students entering 2nd through 5th grades. Travel into the past and discover life in our region in the pioneering period of the early 19th century. Prospect for minerals, create unique crafts, cook over a fire, play historic outdoor games, and more.

Past Events

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Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums Spring Pasty Fundraiser

Order Deadline: Sunday, March 31
Pick up: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Millennium Cinema Parking Lot

The Friends of the Museum Cornish Pasty Fundraiser is back for another round of deliciousness! Enjoy the authentic and award-winning taste of Cornish pasties from the Walker House in Mineral Point. These 7-ounce pasties will be offered frozen, to be baked at home for a piping hot meal and accompanied by your favorite condiment (we recommend chili sauce!). To make pasty pick-up more convenient, distribution will take place on Saturday, April 13 as a drive-thru operation in the spacious outdoor area between A&W Restaurant and the Millennium Cinema at 111 Millennium Drive, Platteville.

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Winter Lyceum (5 of 6)

Historian Robert Humphries Presents "The Welsh in Wisconsin's Lead Mining Region"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 24, 2024

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series

Beginning in the 1840s, immigrants from Wales began to arrive in southwestern Wisconsin, attracted by the lead-mining industry and the opportunity to acquire farmland of their own. In this presentation, Robert Humphries explains how, in Iowa County and beyond, the Welsh created thriving ethnic settlements where they maintained their culture, religious traditions and Celtic language throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. Humphries will also introduce some of the Welsh who became leading citizens in the lead-mining region.

A native of Newport, Wales, Robert Humphries has lived in southwestern Wisconsin for more than 20 years. Humphries studied history at Miami University in Ohio before earning an MA in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the history of the Welsh in Iowa County being the subject of his dissertation. He has given presentations on both sides of the Atlantic, written numerous articles including a contribution to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, and wrote and co-produced a mini-documentary on the history of the Welsh in Nebraska. He is currently the director of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre and the Archive for Welsh America, which are both located in Wymore, Nebraska.

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Winter Lyceum (4 of 6)

Geologist Billy Fitzpatrick Presents "New Geologic Interpretations in the Lead-Zinc Mining District"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 17, 2024

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series

Billy Fitzpatrick will discuss detailed mapping that has uncovered several key features associated with lead-zinc deposits in the area surrounding the historic Highland mining district. These features (including structural zones and paleokarst) are theorized to create vertical pathways for ore-forming brines migrating out of the Illinois basin during events related to formation of the supercontinent Pangea around 270 million years ago. Microtextural observation has further discovered new evidence for important bacterial processes operating within the primary ore horizon of the Highland area which worked to concentrate lead and zinc into mineral deposits.

Billy Fitzpatrick is a geologist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) with a background in economic geology and a focus on the formation of metallic mineral deposits. Billy received his masters from the University of Arizona in 2021 and has worked at the WGNHS since 2020 studying sulfide mineralization hosted in the Paleozoic stratigraphy of southern Wisconsin.

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Winter Lyceum (3 of 6)

Archeologist Dr. James Theler Presents "Freshwater Mussels of the Upper Mississippi River-Past and Present"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 10, 2024

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series

Jim Theler, retired UW-La Crosse archaeologist, discusses pre-Columbian Native American and later Euro-American use of freshwater mussels of the upper Mississippi River. He will be discussing the rush to harvest freshwater pearls from the Pecatonica and other inland rivers and the shell button industry in some detail.

Dr. James L. Theler is a Senior Research Associate at Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC) and Professor Emeritus, UWL, Dept. of Archaeology & Anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1983.

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Winter Lyceum (2 of 6)

Tom Pamperin Presents "Landlocked: The Midwesterner's Guide to Building and Sailing Small Boats"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 3, 2024

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series

Tom Pamperin is a writer, sailor, and occasional boat builder based in Wisconsin. He spends his summers exploring the Great Lakes and the inland waters of the Midwest, with occasional trips farther afield. Tom's book Jagular Goes Everywhere: (mis)Adventures in a $300 Sailboat, won an honorable mention for the Council for Wisconsin's Blei/Derleth Nonfiction Book Award in 2015.

Join him for an introduction to the world of sail & oar cruising in small boats that you can build in your own backyard. You'll learn how to plan a small boat cruise--why, where, and how--along with a quick overview of how to choose and build your own cruising boat in your garage, backyard, or (for the truly motivated) your living room.

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Author Tim Fox Presents "Journey Into Ice Age Wisconsin"

In-Person at the Platteville Municipal Auditorium, City Hall, Platteville
Date: February 25, 2024

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series

Join author, Tim Fox, for a fun, interactive program reenacting Wisconsin’s tremendous Ice Age creatures, including the mastodon, short-faced bear, stag moose, and the saber toothed cat! Participants also learn how glaciers shaped Wisconsin’s landscape including moraines, drumlins, kames, kettles, and eskers. This hands-on program for the whole family stirs imagination and deepens connections to our wonderful state!

Tim Fox is a retired teacher and current personal fitness trainer. He is the author of two series of books for tween readers (10-14 year-olds) that adults also enjoy. He visits schools throughout Wisconsin, helping to ignite student interest in Wisconsin’s state parks and natural areas. His website is timfoxauthor.com.

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Winter Lyceum Season Pass

Zoom & In-Person Talks
Date: Sundays, February 25 - April 7, 2023 [Except for Easter]

Time: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $4 each or $20 for the entire lecture series

Each year, the Museum invites a series of speakers to share their unique stories and insights on topics that shed fresh light on various facets of our mission, collection, and areas of interpretation. The 2024 Winter Lyceum will feature six engaging hour-long lectures. The talks will be held primarily online via Zoom, with two held in person on February 25 and April 7. Each roughly 45-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A period. This year's lineup covers topics that explore the living history of our Driftless Area landscape and historic mining district throughout the centuries.

For $20 you have a pass to all six of the 2024 Lyceum Lecture Series programs. All programs are on Sundays at 5 p.m. The first and last program are in-person, all others will be held via Zoom.

Sunday, February 25: Tim Fox Presents "Journey into Ice Age Wisconsin!" In-Person at the Platteville Municipal Auditorium
Sunday, March 3: Tom Pamperin Presents "Landlocked: The Midwesterner's Guide to Building and Sailing Small Boats" via Zoom, link provide upon registration.
Sunday, March 10: James Theler, Presents River Pearls: Freshwater Mussels of the Upper Mississippi Valley" via Zoom, link provide upon registration. 
Sunday, March 17: Billy Fitzpatrick, Presents "New Geologic Interpretations in the Upper Mississippi Valley Lead-Zinc Mining District" via Zoom, link provide upon registration.
Sunday, March 24: Robert Humphries, Presents "The Welsh in Wisconsin's Lead-Mining Region" via Zoom, link provide upon registration.
Sunday, April 7: Christina Grev, Presents "How We Saved the Boxing Squirrels and the Taxidermy Collection" In-Person at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

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Miners Ball - Purchase Tickets by February 2 @ 4 p.m.

Date: February 17th, 2024
Location: Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall

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!

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Holiday Shopping at the Museum Store

Dates: December 1, 8, & 15, 2023
Time: 4-9 p.m.

The Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping the first three Friday evenings in December! We offer STEAM toys, books by local authors, gems and minerals, museum shirts, and MORE that make perfect stocking stuffers and gifts. While shopping, be sure to visit the beloved 14-foot holiday tree in East Display Gallery! No registration necessary.

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Holiday Mine Sing

Dates: December 16, 2023
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: $18/General (13+), $15/Seniors (65+), $9/Youth (6-12), $4.50 Child (under 5)

Join us for a beautiful evening of holiday choral music representing musical traditions of Germany and Cornwall — nations from which many of our region’s founders immigrated. A traditional Christmas concert in the round circling the 14-foot holiday tree by the Madison Maennenchor featuring a selection of carols, both German and American, will be followed by the Chough Singers performing 50 feet underground in the Museum’s Bevans Mine. The Chough Singers repertoire will include classic Cornish holiday favorites plus a couple of mining songs.

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UW-Platteville Family Day

Date: November 11, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: Students (with ID) $1, General (13+) $12, Seniors (65+) $10, Youth (5-12) $6, Child (under 3) $3

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums and the University of Wisconsin Platteville are partnered for Family Day on November 11th to welcome students and their families to Platteville's features and attractions. At the Museums, UW-Platteville students will receive a special rate with tours available every half hour 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Beer Tasting and Gallery Talk: Friends Annual Meeting & Program 

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for members and donors (Join or renew today!)

This year’s free Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums Annual Meeting and Program will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 6–7:30 p.m. To complement the annual report from Museum leaders, the program this year features a Gallery Talk and Craft Beer Tasting by Platteville’s new UpDraft Brewery, plus homemade pie and Pioneer Sweets ice cream. The Annual Meeting and Program is offered as a free benefit for 2023 members of the Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums and donors over $35 (Join or renew today!). Attendees will enjoy free food and drink (light hors d'oeuvres) and will have time to mingle. A silent auction of tasty pies will be featured as well.

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Holiday Pasty Fundraiser

Sales: Now through November 3rd
Pick up: November 18th

Celebrate the birth of Wisconsin and its Badger State identity with the food that our earliest miners ate: Cornish pasty! Enjoy the authentic and award-winning taste of Cornish pasties from the Walker House in Mineral Point. These 7-ounce pasties will be offered frozen, to be baked at home for a piping hot meal and accompanied by your favorite condiment (we recommend chili sauce!). Stock up your freezer in time for the holidays!

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Fall Community Free Day

Date: October 29, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE for Platteville residents

To thank the citizens of Platteville for their support since 1964, The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums offers two community free days: season opening day, May 3; and season closing day, October 29. Museum admission, including a Guided Mine Tour and Train Ride (weather permitting) will be free to Platteville residents with proof of residency. Registration is suggested.

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Haunted Mine Tours

Date: October 28, 2023
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: General (13+) $20, Seniors (65+) $16, Youth (6-12) $12

Platteville’s spookiest Halloween tradition has returned with ghost miners around every corner! Descend deep into the past and experience an underground mine illuminated by candles and lantern light as you discover historical truths that are stranger than fiction. Tour every half hour starting at 5 p.m. Registration recommended. 

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Sweet Treats on Main

Date: October 28, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

As part of the Sweets Treats on Main event held by the Platteville Main Street Program, the Museum will offer one free train ride per child as a “treat.” While the children and their families wait for their turn on the train, they can create a fun Halloween craft for children ages 3 and up. No registration necessary.

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Wisconsin Science Festival - Weeklong Activities Exploring "Time"

Dates: October 18-22 Special Content and Exhibitions
Saturday, October 21 FREE Admission

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Unleash your curiosity with an exploration of deep time at the Museum during this weeklong festival celebrating the wonders of science throughout Wisconsin! Enjoy fun, hands-on activities and special exhibits that delve into this deep subject. Explore relative versus absolute time, climb a geologic stratigraphic column, use a Geiger counter to learn about measuring time through radioactive decay and radiometric dating, and discover the Household Objects That Glow Under Ultraviolet Light exhibit.

Special Guided Mine Tour content will be offered all week Wednesday, October 18 – Sunday, October 22.
Admission is FREE on Saturday, October 21! Guided Mine Tour and Train Ride (weather permitting) is included. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
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Land, Place, and Life: A Driftless Walking Tour

Date: Select Saturdays, 1 p.m.
Cost: General (13+) $12, Seniors (65+) $10, Youth (5-12) $6, Child (Under 5) $3

The Walking Tour connects nature, history, and culture as visitors venture from the Museum on a 2-hour, 1.5-mile guided tour of portions of the David Canny Rountree Branch Trail. Explore the landscape of the Driftless Area and the Upper Mississippi Valley Mining District, learning how the geographical features developed into a way of life from prehistory to the establishment of Wisconsin as the Badger State to the development of contemporary communities. This walk along a scenic, certified trout stream is offered in partnership with the Platteville Community Arboretum.

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Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. - noon
Location: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

Join us on Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. - noon, for a native perennial plant fundraiser (38 varieties available). Plants from the Museum pollinator gardens along Main Street and Virgin Avenue were divided last spring and nurtured by master gardeners over the summer. On Sept. 16, these Driftless Area native plants and hybrid cultivars will be available to you! All proceeds go to the Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums to support memorial signage in the Gail E. & Wesly E. Kopp Memorial Pollinator Garden.

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25th Annual Historic Re-enactment

Dates: September 8-10, 2023
   Friday, September 8 (School Day): 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
   Saturday, September 9: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
   Sunday, September 10: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Mound View Park, Platteville
Cost: Free Will Donation

Held  since 1998, the 3-day Platteville Historic Re-enactment showcases the history of America’s Upper Mississippi Valley from the mid-1700s to 1840, featuring educators, artisans, and re-enactors all taking part in the celebration. The 25th Annual Historic Re-enactment presents a hands-on living history experience for the general public, as well as thousands of students whose visit enhances their educational curriculum. No registration necessary.

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Pick & Gad Raffle

Drawing: August 12, 2023 (Mine Day)

Support the Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums and win valuable cash prizes by purchasing a ticket for the annual Pick & Gad Raffle! Pick up your tickets at the Museum or from a board member. The prize drawing will take place on Mine Day, August 12 at 3 p.m.

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Mine Day

Date: August 12, 2023
Free Events: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
UV Light Prospecting Mine Tours: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Guided Mine Tours: 6 tours from 12:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cost: Free Backyard Events, Specially Priced Ticketed Tours

Celebrate place-based industry with this classic family festival of bluegrass music and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)! Join us for a backyard bluegrass music festival featuring Holy Crowe, Prairie Lights String Band, and Genesee Ridge Band. Spark a lifelong passion for rock and mineral collecting with earth science games and activities available all day. Special UV Light Prospecting Mine Tours will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m. Blacksmithing and other industrial craft demonstrations celebrate the pioneering spirit of ingenuity, inquiry, enterprise, and development that shaped our nook of the Driftless Area.

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Hometown Festival Day

Dates: July 19, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: General (13+) $6, Seniors (65+) $5, Youth (5-12) $3, Child (Under 5) $1.50

Celebrate Platteville's Hometown Festival with special admission and ice cream discounts! Museum Admission, Guided Mine Tour & Train Ride will be HALF-PRICE for all visitors. Registration is suggested. In the Museum Store, enjoy the custom flavors created by Pioneer Sweets in a 2-for-1 ice cream deal!

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Young Pioneers Camp

Dates: July 10-13, 2023
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $35 per Student | $25 per Student within Household or Grandparent Museum Membership | Registration Required (Scholarships available)

Young Pioneers Camp is a fun day camp for students entering 2nd through 5th grades. Travel into the past and discover life in our region in the pioneering period of the early 19th century. Prospect for minerals, create unique crafts, cook over a fire, play historic outdoor games, and more.

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Heritage Day

Date: July 4, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE Family Activities; Regular Admission for Guided Mine Tour & Train Ride

Heritage Day is a July 4th community celebration of Platteville’s rich history and bright future that draws more than 700 visitors annually.  Visitors will enjoy a day of games, historical demonstrations, special exhibits, live music, and food, including custom ice cream flavors produced by Pioneer Sweets of UW-Platteville.

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Edward Jones Firecracker 5k

Date: July 4, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. Kids Dash, 9 a.m. 5k
Cost: $15 Pre-Registration (includes t-shirt), $20 Day of Race, Kids Under 12 are Free (t-shirt not included)

Taking place as part of the 4th of July Celebrations in Platteville, Wisconsin, the event will feature two races designed for runners of all ages and experience levels: Kids Dash and 5k. Proceeds will be used to support the City of Platteville Fireworks Fund and the Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums.

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Make Music Underground: Tri-State Homeschool Choir at the Museum

Date: June 21, 2023
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Make Music Platteville is an annual one-day, citywide, free day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. The Museum welcomes the Tri-State Homeschool Choir for a free underground music performance in the 1845 Bevans Mine, where visitors experience the unique acoustics and atmosphere 50 feet underground as they listen to an enticing lineup of music. The performance will be followed by light refreshments including lemonade. Registration suggested.

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Make Music Platteville: Supermarket Circuits

Date: June 21, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (drop in anytime)
Cost: FREE

Is a banana conductive? The world is full of conductive objects and materials—bananas included! Join Sonia Case in making musical circuits with liquids, fruits, and low cost office supplies. This interactive activity allows all ages to be creative and learn about what conducts sound. The event is part of Make Music Platteville, an annual one-day, citywide, free day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. No registration necessary.

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HOURS

In Season: May - October
Open Wednesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Guided Mine Tours: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.

Off Season: November - April
Closed Except for Seasonal Programs