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
| John Mangelos
||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 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
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.
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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