A Republican president made an appearance at the Birthplace of Republican Party Museum Monday evening.

No, not that Republican leader.

“President Teddy Roosevelt,” portrayed by Joe Wiegand, visited the Little White Schoolhouse Monday for Patriot’s Day.

Wiegand is considered a top Roosevelt re-enactor.

Over the course of his lengthy oration, “Roosevelt” explained how America overcame Yellow Fever, his choice to preserve bison after once hunting them (telling this to Ripon-area bison farmer Marcel Mildebrandt) and why spitballs once ended up on the eyes of paintings across the White House (a son and his friends may have had something to do with it).

Earlier in the day, he also visited Ripon students and gave a performance at a Ripon Rotary meeting.

See more photos in the Sept. 14, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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