As one of the first historical societies in the State of Wisconsin, the Ripon Historical
Society is well established. In 1899, out of a concern to preserve the early history and
development of Ripon and the Wisconsin Phalanx, the Ripon Historical Society was
founded. Its charter members branched out to gather historical records and artifacts
wherever possible and to write the stories of the prominent men, women and events
before all recollections were gone or forgotten.