The Rollo Jamison Museum began in Beetown, Wisconsin as a private collection of Rollo Jamison. Jamison collected artifacts of Southwest Wisconsin history for over 70 years. No longer able to care for his collection due to his age, Jamison offered it to the City. In 1980, Platteville’s City Council accepted the collection. The Rollo Jamison Museum is located in Platteville’s first high school built in 1905. The collections were studied, interpretive exhibits developed, educational programs instituted and the Rollo Jamison Museum opened to the public in 1981. Since then additional artifacts have been donated by area citizens eager to see that local history is preserved and that this story is available to area school children, residents, and visitors.