Programs and
Special Events

Upcoming Events


Miners Ball

Date: February 4th, 2023
Location: Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall
Time: 5 p.m. Social Hour | 6 p.m. Elegant Dinner Buffet | 7 p.m. Dance & Auction

Cost: $50 Dinner & Dance | $10 Dance Only | $500 Reserved Table for 8
Registration Deadline: January 16th for dinner tickets | dance only tickets available at the door

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.


Winter Pasty Fundraiser

Order Deadline: Friday, February 17
Pick up: Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Millennium Cinema Parking Lot

The Cornish Pasty Fundraiser is back in 2023 for another round of deliciousness in time for St. Piran's Day! 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 March 4 as a drive-by curbside operation in the spacious outdoor area between A&W Restaurant and the Millennium Cinema at 111 Millennium Drive, Platteville.


Winter Lyceum

Zoom Webinars
Date: Sundays, February 19 - April 2, 2023

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 2023 Winter Lyceum will feature seven engaging hour-long lectures. By popular demand, the talks will be held online via Zoom just as in 2021 and 2022, and a link will be provided upon registration. Each roughly 45-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A period. This year's electrifying lineup covers topics that explore the realm of "energy" in the context of our place.

Scroll down to view and register for individual lectures, or register now for a season pass.


Winter Lyceum (1 of 7)

Archeologist Tim Scarlett Presents "Abandoned Mines as Tools of Economic Revitalization: Converting Liabilities into Assets for Post-Mining Communities"

Zoom Webinar
Date: February 19, 2023

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

In this talk, archeologist Dr. Timothy Scarlett of Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Energy Transitions Lab (KETL) will explain the potential applications of evolving energy technologies and the ways in which heritage practices and policies can be key to future partnerships to facilitate the electrification of everything. KETL has been thinking about how abandoned mines can be adapted and reused to facilitate the energy transition. More than just complex techno-economic analysis, the team is interested in the ways that the heritage of post-mining communities supports these choices. Dr. Scarlett will propose how old mines create opportunities to revitalize and energize culture through these projects, if they are designed to solve problems for both the large service regions of electrical networks and locally defined needs and priorities.


Winter Lyceum (2 of 7)

A Panel of Regional Energy Experts Presents "Mining for Energy: The Story of Southwest Wisconsin's Electricity Journey"

Zoom Webinar
Date: February 26, 2023

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

Listen as panelists from Badger Hollow Solar, RENEW Wisconsin, and the electricity transmission industry share updates on major renewable energy projects in the region, talk about why these projects are happening here, and discuss what impacts they have on our economy, environment, and communities.

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Winter Lyceum (3 of 7)

Engineer Camie Platner Presents "EaglePicher's NASA Launch Silver Zinc Batteries: The Power Behind the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab Missions"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 5, 2023

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

Locally mined zinc in outer space? Since the beginning of the Space Age, EaglePicher silver zinc batteries have been trusted to power historical NASA launches, including Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab. Today, with more than 50 years of silver zinc battery production heritage, and more than 200 battery designs, EaglePicher continues to produce reliable, complex systems for the missile, aerospace, and maritime industries. EaglePicher initiated development of automatic and remote-activated silver zinc batteries in the early 1950s. The early systems EaglePicher developed were simple, single-section batteries with one voltage output. By maintaining flexible engineering, which ensures custom design, development, qualification, production, and delivery, EaglePicher continues to meet the requirements of each unique application.

Mark Nussbaum

Winter Lyceum (4 of 7)

Engineer Mark Nussbaum Presents "Greening From the Ground Up: Integration of Ground Source Heat Pumps into Historic Buildings"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 12, 2023

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

This leading engineer specializing in historic properties and the integration of energy-efficient technologies will review the basic concepts of ground source heat pump systems, how they work to provide climate control for buildings, and what specific features often make them an excellent choice in historic buildings. We will look at some of the challenges of integrating modern systems into historic buildings, work-around strategies for these challenges, and the need to sometimes compromise system performance to allow the preservation of historic building fabric. We will review case studies of historically significant projects including Unity Temple, the Glessner House, and Pleasant Home, among others.


Winter Lyceum (5 of 7)

Biological Farmer Gary Zimmer Presents "Energy and Biological Farming: How Farmers Can Reduce Energy Use and Build Soil Carbon by Farming Differently"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 19, 2023

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

Renowned farmer, author, and biological farming consultant Gary Zimmer presents the farmer's role in energy conservation and carbon building. With incentives and guidance, farmers have a role in reducing energy use and impacting climate change by planting cover crops, organic farming, reducing fertilizer use, making methane with on-farm digesters, making compost, and producing bio char.

Aris Georges

Winter Lyceum (6 of 7)

Designer Aris Georges Presents "Nature Patterns: Generating Creative Energy Through Geometric Abstraction in the Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin"

Zoom Webinar
Date: March 26, 2023

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

Knowledge of using geometry and pattern as a language of composition has been developing for decades at Taliesin, the rural Driftless Area-based design studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, coming together for practice and creation in a long-standing design workshop known as “nature patterns.” When Aris Georges trained in nature patterns as a student in the '80s, his love for geometry, born in the vigorous Greek secondary curriculum, found new wind. With a growing conviction that geometry is an essential exercise in design education, Aris Georges started teaching the class when he became a member of the senior fellowship in the '90s. He dubbed the workshop “design etudes” to emphasize that the nature of the exercise is to practice design moves, not unlike the musical etudes, as studies of ideas independent of a larger composition (in this case, architectural design). The digital design tools emerging in recent decades and spreading like a wildfire bring a layer of challenge to the exercise. The speed and precision with which the computer can map complex patterns in relatively simple steps brings new excitement and energy to the process.

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Winter Lyceum (7 of 7)

Kevin Watson Presents "Not So Easily Lead: From Weardale to Wisconsin with the Miners of the North Pennines"

Zoom Webinar
Date: April 2, 2023

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

Just off one of the highest stretches of road in the north of England in a place called Killhope there stands an impressive wrought-iron water wheel. Nearly 34 feet in diameter and six feet wide, it stands as a testament to Victorian ingenuity and, in the case of lead mining in the area, the ability of the Victorians to use and reuse not steam but water to power the industrial revolution in this part of the world. In his talk, Kevin Watson will give an overview of lead mining in the North Pennines of England, showing how the dominance of two companies allowed for an efficient and effective use of resources. The talk will also explore what life was like for those who worked in the mines and what ultimately led some to seek out new beginnings in the lead mining region of Wisconsin.

Past Events

Museum Downtown Carriage

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Dates: December 2, 9, & 16, 2022
Time: 4-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $120/Large Carriage (Up to 10 people, includes tour guide)

Join us for old-fashioned holiday horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Platteville and learn about local history and key architectural landmarks! Enjoy the scenery and holiday lights around town with a beautiful team of draft horses. Rides will depart from The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums regularly between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Warm up and shop in the Museum Store before or after your ride.


Holiday Shopping at the Museum Store

Dates: December 2, 9, & 16, 2022
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 Reservations Needed.

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Holiday Mine Sing

Date: December 10, 2022
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: General (13+) $15, Seniors (65+) $11.25, Youth (5-12) $7.50, Child (Under 5) $3

Get in the holiday spirit with festive songs and caroling above ground around a 14-foot holiday tree as well as underground in the 1845 Bevans Mine. Enjoy a traditional American Christmas choral presentation by the Platteville Chorale, followed by the Platteville High School Blue Notes performing jazz standards and holiday carols.


Fall Pasty Fundraiser

Sales Kickoff: October 9, 2022 at Taste of Platteville
Pick up: November 19, 2022, 10 a.m - 1 p.m. 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. 


Friends Annual Meeting and Program 

Dates: November 5, 2022
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: Free for members

Join us for a pie and ice cream social 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 (JOIN TODAY!). Attendees will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, time to mingle, and the Annual Meeting reviewing the year’s accomplishments at Museums.


UW-Platteville Family Day

Date: November 5, 2022
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 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.


Fall Community Free Day

Date: October 31, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.


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.


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 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. Above ground before your tour, learn about piskies, brownies, and other fairies known in Celtic lands and receive a charm bag to ward off unwelcome spirits.

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Land, Place, and Life: A Driftless Walking Tour

Date: October 15, 2022
Time: 12 - 2 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.

Beadazzled By Julz

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 debuted a new exhibit titled “The Science and Art of Glass.” On Wednesday, October 12, we offered free museum admission, guided mine tours, & train ride to all attendees. There were live glass beadmaking demonstrations offered by Julie Lukosaitis of Beadazzled By Julz to showcase a live transformation of glass into art.

2022 Wisconsin Science Festival

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

As part of the 2022 Wisconsin Science Festival, The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums debuted a new exhibit titled “The Science and Art of Glass,” available for viewing all week long. The exhibit follows glass from its ore form as Driftless Area sandstone through its transformation into wondrous inventions like high-performance window panes produced by Cardinal Glass right here in our region. It also includes a selection of glass artifacts representing a cross section of everyday life in rural southwestern Wisconsin from the turn of the 19th century through the 1930s, when uranium was commonly used as an ingredient to color glass — a feature that causes the objects to fluoresce under ultraviolet light.

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 provided FREE ENTRY to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

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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.


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.

Hundhausen Raffle Winner

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.

Young Pioneers

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.


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.


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


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.


Spring Community Free Day and Season Opening

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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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