“Friends” of the Little White Schoolhouse
Founder’s Level ~ $3000.00 Named in honor of dozens of Ripon citizens of all political beliefs.
Alvan Bovay Level ~ $1000.00 Bovay was the leader of the national movement to create a new party to fight slavery.
Jedhiah Bowen Level ~ $500.00 Bowen was Bovay’s chief supporter and a Democrat at the time.
Amos Loper Level ~ $100.00 Loper was a leader in the local Whig Party at the time, and Bovay’s other chief supporter.
Jacob Woodruff Level ~ $50.00 Woodruff was an original member of the Wisconsin Phalanx, a communalist organization central to the founding of Ripon.
Abram Thomas Level ~ $25.00 Thomas was a model citizen active in all aspects of his community’s development.
If you would like to become a "Friend" of The Little White Schoolhouse, click on the donate button below. We will be happy to add you to our list of treasured supporters!
If you prefer, please mail your donation by sending check or money order to the following address: Birthplace of the Republican Party • P.O. Box 305 • Ripon, Wisconsin 54971
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Each year it hosts education visits by school children who are given hands-on experience by professional teachers with primary education in a one-room school of the Midwestern prairies. It also receives thousands of visitors from all over the country who are met by highly trained docents able to relate the story of the creation of the Republican Party as well as the nature of education in the one-room schoolhouses of pioneer days. A small museum provides exhibits related to both pioneer education and the history of the Republican Party. While the School benefits from the support of many volunteers in the community it still requires a significant budget to stay open and to provide its array of educational services. Part of the funds it needs is raised through the extremely modest admission fee and the sale of souvenirs. But this is insufficient to cover costs. No financial help is sought or received from the Republican Party or from any governmental source. Hence, help is sought from ordinary citizens to support this symbol of the power of active citizenship through joining the “Friends of the Ripon Little White Schoolhouse” organization. “Friends” may contribute at any of the six annual giving levels listed below. The Founders level represents the year of the founding of the Republican Party and the other five levels are named after the five Ripon citizens who were elected to become the organizing committee for the Republican Party in Ripon.