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Ripon boasts historical, military museums a block apart

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POSTED June 16, 2012 3:11 a.m.

RIPON — Ripon’s Historical Society’s Clarence Smit Museum and the nearby Military Museum and Veterans’ Wall are just a block apart.  Both are open on Saturdays and by special appointment.

The late Clarence Smit served as the city administrator and was a charter member of the historical society.

Historical Society president John Mangelos, owner of the Barnwood Restaurant, has spearheaded the development of the city’s museum for more than a dozen years with the untiring efforts of Helen Whitmore who offers special tours by appointment.

It is located at 430 West Main Street,  east of Acacia Avenue,  in the community’s downtown.  It was moved there within the past year from its original site at the Mavis Stouffer Park on the Stanislaus River.

A Ripon police museum and memorial are currently under construction on the same campus making use of the city’s historical jail.

Its Saturday hours are from 10 until 4 as and the hours of the military museum are 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. that is located in the framed former city hall at 311 First Street at Locust Avenue.  Special reservations to tour the military museum, aside from its posted hours, can be made by calling Bob McBrian at 735-0919.

The City of Ripon is seeking citizens interested in preserving the history of the community who would be willing to serve on the Historical Museum Commission.  The group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Ripon Senior Center at 433 South Wilma Avenue.  Commissioners’ terms are for four years.

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