Historical Museum Commission

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.

The Historical Museum Commission meetings are open to the public and are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Clarence Smit Historic Museum, 430 W. Main Street. Regular agendas are posted on the Thursday before a meeting. 


 Connie Jorgensen Gary Medeiros Jeffrey Kincaid
 John Mangelos Don Schaapman Margaret McCoy - alternate


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 1:00 p.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, was 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. The Veteran's Museum is open every - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Meeting Date



 March 18, 2019 View  
 February 18, 2019 View View
 January 21, 2019 View View
 December 17, 2018 View View
November 19, 2018  View View
October 15, 2018  View View 
September 17, 2018   View  View
August 20, 2018  View N/A
 July 16, 2018 View  N/A
 June 18, 2018 View View
May 21, 2018  View View
 April 16, 2018 View View
March 19, 2018  View View
February 19, 2018  View View
January 15, 2018  View View

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For more information on the Historical Museum Commission please contact:

Tricia Raymond, Deputy City Clerk
Phone: (209) 599-2108
Fax: (209) 599-2685

e-mail: traymond@cityofripon.org

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