Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
History of Ripon, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Society

Record book of the Wisconsin Phalanx

Ceresco: Utopia in Fond du Lac County

Read More About It

"A History of Ripon" by Samuel Pedrick



Interesting Fact:

Warren Chase was a delegate to both constitutional conventions in Wisconsin.

Study Questions:

  • What were the beliefs of the Wisconsin Phalanx?
  • Were the Wisconsin Phalanx connected to Ripon College in any way?
  • What caused the demise of Ceresco?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Phalanx:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 27:

    1937: The Golden Gate bridge is opened.

  • May 27

    May 27, 1844: A cooperative community was founded in Fond du Lac County by the Wisconsin Phalanx, a utopian organization developed in Kenosha by Warren Chase. The founders named the community Ceresco after the Roman goddess of the harvest. The community dissolved by 1850 but a new community of Ripon developed after Ceresco’s demise.

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