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Pasty

Pasty Sale Fundraiser

Sales Kickoff: October 9, 2022 at Taste of Platteville
Pick up: November 19, 2022 at the Museum

Celebrate the birth of Wisconsin and its Badger State identity with the food that our earliest miners ate: Cornish pasty! Our inaugural Pasty Fundraiser held earlier this year received an amazing response, so we're 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!). Last day to order is Friday, November 4. 

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Wisconsin Science Festival - Free Admission Day and Glass Beadmaking Demonstrations

Date: October 12, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with activities for people throughout Wisconsin, this year honoring the International Year of Glass. As part of the festivities, The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums will debut a new exhibit titled “The Science and Art of Glass.” On Wednesday, October 12, we will offer free museum admission, guided mine tours, & train ride to all attendees. There will also be live glass beadmaking demonstrations offered by Julie Lukosaitis of Beadazzled By Julz to showcase a live transformation of glass into art.

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Wisconsin Science Festival - Weeklong Exhibit

Dates: October 10-16, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: General Admission October 10-11 & 13-16;
Free Admission October 12

The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with activities for people throughout Wisconsin, this year honoring the International Year of Glass. As part of the festivities, The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums will debut a new exhibit titled “The Science and Art of Glass,” available for viewing all week long.

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Sweet Treats on Main

Date: October 29, 2022
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.

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Haunted Mine Tours

Date: October 29, 2022
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: General (13+) $16, Seniors (65+) $14, Youth (6-12) $10

Experience Platteville’s spookiest Halloween tradition! Descend deep into the 1845 Bevans Lead Mine in the back yard of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums for a guided lantern-lit tour to discover historical truths that are stranger than fiction. While you wait for your tour, peer into your future with Victorian era fortune telling games.

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Fall Community Free Day

Date: October 31, 2022
Time: All Day, Reservation Recommended
Cost: FREE for Platteville residents

To thank the citizens of Platteville for their continued support, The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums offers two community free days: season opening day, May 1; and season closing day, October 31. Museum admission, including a Guided Mine Tour and Train Ride (weather Permitting) will be free to Platteville residents with ID. Registration is suggested.

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UW-Platteville Family Day

Date: November 5, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: Students (with ID) $1, General (13+) $8, Youth (5-12) $4

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums and the University of Wisconsin Platteville are partnered for Family Day on November 5th 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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Friends Annual Meeting and Program 

Dates: November 5, 2022
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Free for members

Join us for a night of "Pie and Ice Cream," featuring Dr. Tera Montgomery speaking on the Museums’ partnership with Pioneer Sweets. We currently offer eight custom ice cream flavors crafted by the students of Pioneer Sweets, and this event will be your last chance to stock up on this year's flavors! The Annual Meeting and Program is offered as a free benefit for 2022 members of the Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums and donors over $35. The event serves as a museum fundraiser encouraging visitors to join, renew, or make their annual gift, as well as to thank volunteers, donors and board members. Attendees will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, time to mingle, and the Annual Meeting reviewing the year’s accomplishments at Museums.

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Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Dates: December 2, 9, & 16, 2022
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Cost: $120 per 10-person ride

Delight in the holiday spirit with horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Platteville! Come 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.

Registration to come.

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Miners Ball

Date: February 4th, 2023
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $50 Dinner & Dance, $10 Dance Only

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

2022 Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day

Date: September 17, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide FREE ENTRY to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket, available at the link below.

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Historic Re-enactment

Dates: September 9-11, 2022
September 9 (School Day): 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
September 10: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
September 11: 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 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.

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Mine Day

Date: August 20, 2022
Half-Price Admission: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UV Light Prospecting Mine Tours: 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Free Backyard Events: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free Backyard Events, Specially Priced Ticketed Tours

Platteville's classic festival of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math featured STEAM exhibitions and games as well as live music and family-focused special events, demonstrations including blacksmithing, steam engines, and a pneumatic drill, and an earth science exhibition.

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Pick & Gad Raffle

Dates: July 4 to August 20, 2022

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Pick & Gad Raffle, and thanks to all who supported the Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums through this fun and important fundraiser! This raffle started last year will be available again next summer.

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Young Pioneers Mini-Camp

Date: July 21, 2022
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $12 | Registration Required (Scholarships available)

Young Pioneers Mini-Camp is a fun one-day camp for students entering 2nd through 5th grades. Participants traveled into the past and experienced what life was like in the 1800s. They prospected for galena underground by candlelight, tried out a windlass, and created a tin lantern.

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Heritage Day

Date: July 4, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE

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

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

Date: June 21, 2022
Cost: FREE
Time: 1-2 p.m.

Make Music Day is a world-wide celebration of music held annually on the summer solstice, June 21. 2022 marked Platteville’s seventh year in the Make Music Celebration. The Museum hosted the Tri-State Homeschool Choir for a free underground music performance in the 1845 Bevans Mine. Visitors experienced the unique acoustics and atmosphere 50 feet underground as they listened to a fabulous lineup of songs. The full schedule for 2022's Make Music Day can be found at www.makemusicday.org/platteville

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Make Music Platteville at the Museums

Date: June 21, 2022
Time: 12:00-2:00

Make Music Day is a world-wide celebration of music held annually on the summer solstice, June 21. This year marked Platteville’s sixth year in the Make Music Celebration. The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums hosted two back-to-back events on the front lawn. 
12:00-1:00 This Moment In Time was a special gathering to honor and remember those that have been affected by COVID 19. Plan to play the gong at this participatory event. We will feel the vibrations over the hour in this solemn moment.
1:00-2:00 TriState Homeschool Choir gave a wonderful performance of music from a variety of styles, from Scottish folk songs to covers of 90s pop music.

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Spring Community Free Day

Date: May 1, 2022
Time: All Day, Reservation Recommended
Cost: FREE for Platteville residents

To thank the citizens of Platteville for their continued support, The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums is offering two community free days: season opening day, May 1; and season closing day, October 31. Museum admission, including a Guided Mine Tour and Train Ride (weather Permitting) will be free to Platteville residents. Registration is suggested.

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Winter Lyceum (7 of 7): "Oral History Interviewing Theory, Processes, and Techniques"

Zoom Webinar
Date: April 3, 2022

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series
Presented by Luke Sprague

This talk by Luke Sprague, Oral Historian for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, is a quick beginner’s-level training for people who want to conduct oral history interviews. There are three parts to the talk, and we will cover all three in brief. Part one covers the theory, ethics, and principles of conducting oral history interviews. Part two explains the pre-interview processes and the interview guide development. Part three reveals some good interview techniques.

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Winter Lyceum (6 of 7): "GIS in the Mining District"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 27, 2022

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series
Presented by Dr. Nancy Von Meyer

Dr. Nancy Von Meyer, who began her career in Platteville as a mining engineer and went on to become a pioneer in the field of digital mapping, presents her insights into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Tri-state area’s Upper Mississippi Valley Mining District. She will also explore public mapping, and will help identify GIS data and maps that would be useful for museum enthusiasts. Nancy von Meyer is an expert in GIS and land records and is the president of Fairview Industries, where she has solved many problems related to land records.

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Winter Lyceum (5 of 7): "13,000 Years of Driftless Ingenuity"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 20, 2022

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series
Presented by a panel of archeologists

In conjunction with unveiling a new analysis of nearly 1,200 Native American stone tools in the collection of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, a panel of archeologists will reveal how stone tools were made in this nook of the Driftless Region, and how the museum collection demonstrates the ingenuity of native peoples who inhabited this area through time. From the end of the Ice Age though the period of European contact, Native Americans crafted tools in response to changing natural and cultural environments. The materiality and design of implements were adapted to different flora and fauna over time and for each season. A flintknapping demonstration and sneak peek of a new museum exhibit (supported in part by a major grant from Wisconsin Humanities) will be included.

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Winter Lyceum (4 of 7): "Changes in Wisconsin Ecosystems and Environments Since the Last Ice Age"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 13, 2022

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series
Presented by Dr. Jack Williams

UW-Madison geography professor Dr. Jack Williams paints a picture of the ecological upheaval of the North American landscape just after the retreat of the ice sheets 15,000 years ago. Recent research using fossil pollen, charcoal and dung fungus spores help us visualize a post-ice age terrain different from anything in the world today. The disappearance of mammoths, giant beavers, ground sloths and other large animals preceded a massive change in plant communities, providing new insight into the dynamics of extinction and its pervasive influence on a given landscape.

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Pasty Sale Fundraiser!

Pick up: March 12, 2022, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our inaugural Pasty Fundraiser received an amazing response! Over 2,500 pasties were orders, blowing our expectations out of the water.  These 7-ounce pasties were offered frozen, to be baked at home for a piping hot meal and accompanied by your favorite condiment. (We recommend chili sauce.) Thank you to everyone who ordered pasties and made our first Pasty Fundraiser a fantastic success. We will do this again in the future, so stay tuned if you missed the first one or are hungry for more!

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Winter Lyceum (3 of 7): "An Overview of Wisconsin Mining History"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 6, 2022

Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series
Presented by Brad Gottschalk

Platteville-raised Archivist for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Brad Gottschalk, presents an overview of the history of mining in the state of Wisconsin. Not limited only to the Upper Mississippi Valley Lead-Zinc District, mining in the state has included development of Banded Iron Formations, Volcanogenic Massive Sulfides, silica sand deposits and more.

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Winter Lyceum (2 of 7): "Ho-Chunk Sovereignty, Black Voices, and the Driftless Lead Boom, 1825-1848"

Zoom Webinar
Date: February 27, 2022

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series
Presented by Dr. Gene Tesdahl and Dr. Joshua Wachuta 

Native American history and African American history have deep roots in the Driftless Region. Come appreciate the complexities that Ho-Chunk leaders, African American lead miners, and U.S. officials negotiated during the Driftless lead boom, 1825-1848. The region witnessed illegal slavery even as it transitioned from free Michigan Territory to free Wisconsin Territory ending in Wisconsin statehood as a free state. Ho-Chunk leaders including Caaxšépsgaaga, Wakąjawįxka, and Wanįg-sučka sought to maintain their ancestral rights to the lead region, but faced an overwhelming U.S. military occupation after 1827. Enslaved black lead workers Paul Jones and Toby Dodge navigated their way through this period gaining freedom as Wisconsinites along the way.

 

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Winter Lyceum (1 of 7): Dr. James Wright Presents "From Zinc Miner to Dartmouth College President"

Zoom Webinar
Date: February 20, 2022

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 or $20 for the entire lecture series
Presented by James Wright

In this engaging conversation with Dr. James Wright, the son of a World War II veteran and grandson of a miner, we will hear a fascinating story with roots in the Upper Mississippi Valley mining district. This dialogue will explore how Wright enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Galena High School and returned home to experience a fascinating career trajectory from working as a powderman in the Birkett and Graham mines to becoming an accomplished historian, educator, and president of Dartmouth College. He graduated from what was then the Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology in 1964 and remains grateful to his Platteville undergraduate faculty mentors for their support and encouragement.

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Frozen Mine Experience

Location: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Time: 1-4 p.m., tours depart every half hour
Cost: $12 ages 13+, $10 ages 65+, $6 ages 5-12, $3 ages 0-4

Visitors to Platteville’s underground frozen mine discovered a miraculous wonderland of natural ice sculptures. They learned about the differences between caves and mines and celebrated the beauty of the natural wonders of winter underground.

In 2021, cold February temperatures brought natural ice stalagmites, nicknamed "ice cobras," to the Bevans Mine. These beautiful formations grew up to four feet tall. This year, the museum will provided a "Frozen Mine Experience" where visitors can experience these unique and wonderful formations first-hand. 

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HOURS

In Season: May - October | Open Daily | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

 

Off Season: November - April | Closed Except for Seasonal Programs

 

Store Hours: December 3, 10, & 17
4-9 p.m. for Holiday Carriage Rides

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