Welcome to Birthplace of the Republican Party National Historic Site. .
Ripon Wisconsin's Little White Schoolhouse was designated a National Historic Site in 1974. This simple frame schoolhouse, built in 1853, holds a powerful history. In this building a decision was made by a small group of Ripon citizens that changed the future of our nation. Acting on their convictions, and having the courage to stand firm to their beliefs, these men and women of Ripon voted to form and become members of a new political party that would be called “Republican.” The birth of this party brought a dedicated following of individuals who pledged to organize together and fight against the spread of slavery.
The Little White Schoolhouse is open for visitors throughout the year. Open daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Open weekends in May ~ September & October. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you would like to visit the school during the fall, or winter season, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at (920) 748-6764 to arrange for a tour.
Admission is FREE! • Group tours are charged a minimum of $25
Tours are available for groups or school classes. We can arrange for a presentation about the school and its history to fit your age group or interest: Political history, the history of one room schools in Wisconsin or about the founding of Ripon and the people who lived and settled Ripon during the middle of the 19th century.