Little White Schoolhouse, Birthplace of the Republican Party

Ripon's Birthplace of the Republican Party Museum and National Historic Site.
View Website Favorite (1) 303 Blackburn St - Ripon, WI 54971
Information: 920-748-6764

Open Daily Memorial Day - Labor Day, weekends in May, September, and October, or by appointment. 10am-4pm.

The Little White Schoolhouse, a National Historic Landmark built in 1850, is the Birthplace of the Republican Party. 2004 marked the 150th anniversary of the historic meeting that took place on March 20, 1854. This was the first grassroots meeting by members of three existing political parties to form a new party called Republican, which ignited a national movement. The museum contains artifacts that relate the story of that meeting, and others that tell about the founding of Ripon and what school-life was like for children in the 1850's. The Schoolhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, also represents the deep-seated commitment settlers in this area had to education. As such, the building itself is a valuable artifact of the character of education in our region during the Civil War era. Motorcoach, student and other groups can be accommodated with prior notice. Step-on guided motorcoach tours of Ripon and area attractions are available by appointment for a $35 fee. Self-guided Walking Tour brochures of Historic Ripon, featuring highlights of its unique architecture, are available at the Schoolhouse or the Chamber of Commerce office, 114 Scott Street

  • Features
    • Disabled Access
  • History/Heritage Type
    • Wisconsin History

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