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Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Date: December 4th, 11th, 18th
Time: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $100/Carriage, Single party of up to 10 people

Delight in the holiday spirit with horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Platteville! Enjoy the scenery and holiday lights around town while learning about local history and key architectural landmarks with the sights and sounds of a beautiful team of draft horses. Rides will depart from The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums regularly between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Shop in the Museum Store before or after your ride. 

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2021 Miners Ball

Date: September 17th, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $50

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 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.

Past Events

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Friends Annual Meeting & Program: Slavery in Platteville, Part 3

The final lecture in a three-part series by Historian James B. Hibbard: "Black Lead Miners in Platteville: The Story of William Maxwell."  This presentation highlights William Maxwell's career as a Black lead miner. Maxwell holds the distinction of establishing his own lead diggings in Platteville, where he employed four other miners. He was also the first Black man in Grant County to successfully use the court system to collect a debt. A link to the recorded program will be added soon. 

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Friends Annual Meeting & Program: Highlights of 2020 & Plans for 2021

The Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums  Annual Meeting. Friends Board and Museum staff presented highlights of the Museums’ 2020 accomplishments; revealed exciting plans and milestones for 2021; introduced museum staff members, including the new collections care team; and recognized and thanked the Museums many volunteers. A link to the recorded program will be added soon. 

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Slavery in Platteville, Part 2: The Rountree Family

Date: Thursday, October 22nd
Time: 7:00 p.m
Cost: FREE, Registration required

The second in a series of three presentations by historian James B. Hibbard. This presentation chronicles Platteville founder John H. Rountree’s ownership of slaves. It will look in depth at the circumstances surrounding Rountree’s slave ownership, his treatment of them, especially “Sister Rachel,” and how he eventually became an antislavery Republican. A Q&A with the speaker will follow each talk. For the health of our visitors, the presentation will be held via Zoom.

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Slavery in Platteville, Part 1: The Mitchell Family

Date: Thursday, September 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m
Cost: FREE, Registration required 

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums will be holding a series of three presentations by historian James B. Hibbard regarding slavery in Platteville. The first presentation explores the Mitchell family, especially James Mitchell’s ownership of two young slave girls. A Q&A with the speaker will follow the talk. For the health of our visitors, the presentation will be held via Zoom.
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HOURS

The Museums are closed for the tour season. Cultural programs and special events are offered year-round, go to our Events page for more information. The Museum will open for tours in May 2021. 

 

In Season: May - October | Tuesday-Saturday | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Off Season: November - April | Closed

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