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.
2023 Winter Lyceum
The 2023 "electrifying" lineup covered topics exploring the realm of "energy" in the context of our Driftless Area landscape and historic mining district: the revitalization potential of abandoned mines, regional energy projects, silver zinc batteries powering NASA, ground source heat pumps, regenerative farming practices, creative energy via geometric abstraction, and miners of the North Pennines.
2022 Winter Lyceum
The 2022 program highlighted a zinc miner’s journey to college president, indigenous history and sovereignty, general overviews of Wisconsin’s mining history, changes in Wisconsin ecosystems since the ice age, new archeological analysis of Rollo Jamison’s oldest collection, GIS in the mining district, and oral history interviews. The weekly programs were broadcast online through Zoom webinar to record-breaking attendance from across the country and even internationally.
2021 Winter Lyceum
For the 2021 Winter Lyceum, we delved via Zoom into seven fascinating subjects: Travel into space with the brand new Mars rover "Perseverance," and discover a Japanese WWII submarine, a Civil War drum, African American history in southwestern Wisconsin, and Native American archeology going back 13,000 years. We also celebrate two major museum milestones: the opening of the Bevans Mine to the public (1976) and the opening of the Rollo Jamison Museum (1981).
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
A series of three presentations by historian James B. Hibbard explores new research on the history of slavery in Platteville.
No-Show Miners Ball
Date: September 5th, 2020
While we were not able to dance in-person in 2020, 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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In Season: May - October
Open Wednesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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