Historical Museum Commission
Clarence Smit Museum
430 W. Main Street


The purpose of the Historical Museum Commission is to plan such action as may be necessary to organize, manage, direct and supervise any facilities and programs for or in connection with the Ripon Historical Museum.






These museums are maintained by docents selected by the Historical Museum Commission, and headed up by Commissioner John Mangelos.

Clarence Smit Museum

In July 2011, the Clarence Smit Museum was moved from Stouffer Park to the new location in the old Library building at 430 W. Main Street. Open on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Please call Connie at (209) 985-3186 with questions or appointment requests.

Clarence Smit was the City Administrator from 1972 to 1988. He was a charter member of the Ripon Historical Society, and his work enabled the construction of the first museum building. The museum was completed after his death, and it was named in honor of his memory.


Veteran's Memorial Museum
Veterans' Museum

Mr. Mangelos also led the way for the old city hall, located at 311 First Street, to be saved from destruction, and refurbished for the Veteran's Memorial Museum and Memorial Wall. This project was built by volunteers with donations from the community, local businesses, and developers.




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September 21, 2015


August 17, 2015


July 20, 2015


June 15, 2015


May 18, 2015

Minutes (meeting canceled)

April 20, 2015


March 16, 2015


February 16, 2015

Minutes (not available)



Connie Jorgensen
Gary Medeiros
Jeffrey Kincaid
John Mangelos
Don Schaapman

Margaret McCoy, Alternate

Meeting Time and Date

Commission meetings are open to the public.

Day: 3rd Monday of each month
Time: 7:30 pm.
Clarence Smit Historical Museum
430 W. Main Street


Name a Street

If you would like to recommend an historic name to be used as a street name in a new development, just complete the Street Name Nomination Form and mail it to the:

Historical Museum Commission
P.O. Box 667
Ripon, CA 95366



Members of the Historical Museum Commission must live within the Ripon Unified School District.


To apply for a seat on any commission, print the commission application , complete both pages, and mail it to:

City Clerk's Office
City of Ripon
259 N. Wilma Avenue
Ripon, CA 95366