On March 20, 1854, the spirit of democracy was alive and well as a group of concerned citizens gathered with patriotic hearts and abolitionist minds in Ripon, Wis., to form the Republican Party. Their actions changed the course of history and left a legacy we all know today. In honor of this remarkable event, the REPUBLICAN PARTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (RPHS), in collaboration with the Little White Schoolhouse Foundation and the Ripon Historical Society, will re-create the historic 75-minute meeting from March 20, 1854.
The endeavor will employ the knowledge of historians and researchers along with the talents of writers and dramatists to bring the meeting of March 20, 1854, back to life. It is the first of six re-enactments taking place throughout the summer.
The first re-enactment begins on Marchh 20, 2010, at the Little White School House in Ripon, Wis., at 6:30 p.m. – the same time as it did more than 150 years ago. Audience members must register in advance. Registered participants will receive background information and will be invited to assume the role and persona of a Ripon resident who attended the original meeting – a Whig, Democrat or Free-Soiler. Audience members are encouraged to dress in 19th century attire.
“If These Walls Could Talk”
March 20, 2010, 6:30 p.m.; repeat re-enactments 4/24, 7/3, 7/29, 8/26 & 9/11
Little White Schoolhouse, 303 Blackburn St., Ripon, Wis.
$20 adults, $10 youth (12-18)
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