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Winter Lyceum Season Pass

Date: Sundays, February 7 - March 28, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $20 for all Seven Presentations 

  • February 7: Patrick Daniels Presents “Rollo Jamison: 40 years in Platteville”
  • February 14: No Lyceum
  • February 21: Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, Clayborn Benson, and a descendent of an original settler of Pleasant Ridge, a Grant County settlement of formerly enslaved African Americans, present “Black History Matters: The Legacy of Slavery and Freedom in Wisconsin”
  • February 28: Jeff Schave Presents “From Beetown to Atlanta: The Tale of a Civil War Drum”
  • March 7: Becky Williams Presents “Curiosity Paving the Way for Perseverance
  • March 14: Ernie Bozhardt and Danielle Benden Present “The Archeology of the Driftless Area”
  • March 21: Mike Mair Presents “Kaiten: The Japanese Suicide Sub Reconciliation Continues”
  • March 28: A Fabulous Panel Presents “The Mining Museum’s Bevans Mine Adventure 45 Years Later”
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Winter Lyceum (1 of 7): “Rollo Jamison: 40 years in Platteville”

Date: February 7, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 for single event or $20 for a Season Pass 

Patrick Daniels Presents “Rollo Jamison: 40 years in Platteville.” Forty years ago, Rollo Jamison, who had spent his lifetime “saving history,” donated his one-man museum to the City of Platteville. In this presentation, Patrick Daniels will talk about Rollo’s life in Beetown, Wisconsin; finding a new home for the collection, moving the collection to Platteville, and the early days of the Rollo Jamison Museum, including the first Heritage Days which was a grand opening celebration culminating in a dedication of the museum on June 14, 1981. To purchase a Season Pass, please use the link above. 

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Winter Lyceum (2 of 7): “Black History Matters: The Legacy of Slavery and Freedom in Wisconsin”

Date: February 21, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 for single event or $20 for a Season Pass

Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, Clayborn Benson, and a descendent of an original settler of Pleasant Ridge, a Grant County settlement of formerly enslaved African Americans, present “Black History Matters: The Legacy of Slavery and Freedom in Wisconsin.” This presentation is co-hosted with the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum. To purchase a Season Pass, please use the link above. 

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Winter Lyceum (3 of 7): “From Beetown to Atlanta: The Tale of a Civil War Drum”

Date: February 28, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 for single event or $20 for a Season Pass 

Jeff Schave Presents “From Beetown to Atlanta: The Tale of a Civil War Drum.” In August of 1862, Burt Sumner and James Hayden traveled from Beetown to the county seat of Lancaster to enlist and answer President Lincoln’s “Call to Arms.” Serving in Company “C” of the Wisconsin 25th Regiment as musicians, they would march through Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. As a silent witness to these events, Burt Sumner’s snare drum has not had the opportunity to share its stories and experiences. This presentation will attempt to give voice to this rare and unique artifact, and thus share with pride “A Drums Tale.” To purchase a Season Pass, please use the link above. 

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Winter Lyceum (4 of 7): “Curiosity Paving the Way for Perseverance”

Date: March 7, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 for single event or $20 for a Season Pass 

Becky Williams Presents “Curiosity Paving the Way for Perseverance.” Understanding the past habitable conditions on Mars is a primary scientific driver for NASA’s Curiosity rover. During the last eight years, Curiosity has traversed across diverse terrain within Gale crater and drilled the Martian surface over two dozen times. Dr. Williams will provide an update on the latest scientific findings and share spectacular snapshots from the rover’s journey. She will also present an overview of Perseverance, NASA’s next robotic mission to Mars,  which will have landed at Jezero crater in February 2021. To purchase a Season Pass, please use the link above. 

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Winter Lyceum (5 of 7): “The Archeology of the Driftless Area”

Date: March 14, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 for single event or $20 for a Season Pass 

Join Driftless Pathways archaeologists Robert “Ernie” Boszhardt and Danielle Benden for a virtual tour of the Native American cultural landscape in Wisconsin’s southern Driftless Area. Boszhardt and Benden will summarize the 13,000 year human history of this region, from the end of the last Ice Age until Euro-American contact. This program will illustrate the story of how Native Americans successfully adapted to an ever-changing landscape for millennia, as demonstrated in the camps, villages, effigy mounds, cave art and artifacts that people left behind. To purchase a Season Pass, please use the link above. 

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Winter Lyceum (6 of 7): “Kaiten: Japan’s WWII Human Torpedo That Stunned the U.S. Navy”

Date: March 21, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 for single event or $20 for a Season Pass

Mike Mair Presents “Kaiten: Japan’s WWII Human Torpedo That Stunned the U.S. Navy.” WWII ended 50 years earlier when a stunning discovery in 1995 led to a 25-year journey for Mike Mair of Platteville. John Mair, a U.S. Navy veteran, had never revealed to Mike and his siblings the horrific sinking of his ship USS Mississinewa (AO-59) on November 20, 1944. Mike interviewed nearly 300 U.S. and Japanese veterans, reviewed naval records, made scuba dives on Mississinewa while writing the book “Kaiten.” To purchase a Season Pass, please use the link above. 

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Winter Lyceum (7 of 7): “The Mining Museum’s Bevans Mine Adventure 45 Years Later”

Date: March 28, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 for single event or $20 for a Season Pass 

A Fabulous Panel Presents “The Mining Museum’s Bevans Mine Adventure 45 Years Later.” Discover the legacy of our region’s mining history through the words of actual local folks who worked in on discovering and opening the mine to the public for the American Bicentennial in 1976. To purchase a Season Pass, please use the link above. 

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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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Winter Pioneer Camp

Winter Break Virtual Pioneer Camp included three great video workshops and a take-home craft kit with everything needed to complete three seasonal workshops. Winter Pioneers created an Aquifer in a Bottle, a traditional Pomander Ball, and a Whirligig Spinner toy. Each project included an accompanying instructional video led by a Museum educator and the materials needed to complete the project.
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Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Date: December 4th, 11th, 18th

The Museums celebrated the holiday spirit with horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Platteville. Participates enjoyed 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. If you missed the opportunity in 2020 or want to enjoy the experience again watch for information next November. 

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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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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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