Explore, learn, and have fun in a new way through our virtual programming. The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums are pleased to provide the following programs that celebrate Platteville’s rich history and bright future free of charge. These virtual programs were made possible in part through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
2021 Winter Lyceum, February 7, 2021 (1 of 7): “Rollo Jamison: 40 years in Platteville”
Patrick Daniels Presented “Rollo Jamison: 40 years in Platteville” on February 7, 2021. 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 talked 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 Day which was a grand opening celebration culminating in a dedication of the museum on June 14, 1981. A recording of this event will be available on our Virtual Programs page soon.
Platteville Historic Re-enactment
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.
Slavery in Platteville, Part 3: Black Miners in Platteville, The Story of William Maxwell
The 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 Q&A with the speaker will follow the talk.
Slavery in Platteville, Part 2: The Rountree Family
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 looks 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.
Slavery in Platteville, Part 1: The Mitchell Family
The first in a series of three presentations by historian James B. Hibbard regarding slavery in Platteville. This presentation explored the Mitchell family, especially James Mitchell’s ownership of two young slave girls. A Q&A with the speaker followed the talk.
No-Show Miners Ball
Date: September 5th, 2020
While we were not able to dance in-person this year, the Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums carried on the tradition of this classic Platteville dance celebration virtually via Facebook Live. Participants were able to enjoy the Miners Ball from the comfort of their own homes, with no formalwear required!
Virtual Heritage Day
Date: July 4, 2020
Heritage Day is the Museums' annual July 4th community celebration highlighting Platteville’s rich history and bright future. The celebration draws more than 700 visitors annually. This year, we celebrated Heritage Day in a new way: virtually!
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