Jedediah Smith Society

cisneros sepiaKeep these dates on your calendar for 2016

Spring Rendezvous
June 11, 2016.
Jed’s Route over the Sierras, Bear Valley.


The 60th Anniversary Rendezvous
October 8, 2016.
The 60th Anniversary Rendezvous celebration
 will be held at the Micky Grove, San Joaquin Historical Society and Museum in Lodi, CA. Jim Hardee will be our key note speaker.

(Check out our “Upcoming Events” page for more information and 60th Anniversary registration form)



A California non-profit organization founded January, 1957, with these objectives:

To acquire, preserve, and make available for scholarly research and public display the original journals, letters, records and personal belongings of Jedediah Strong Smith, 1799-1831, early American explorer, cartographer, and mountain man;

To encourage scholarly research and writing, with particular emphasis on the accomplishments of Jedediah S. Smith and other early fur traders and explorers, by offering appropriate awards, scholarships and grants for meritorious study and research;

To foster, through public meetings, publications, or other events or activities, appropriate and effective educational programs to promote public awareness and understanding of the career and accomplishments of Jedediah S. Smith and other early fur traders and explorers

The Society holds two regular membership meetings per year, one in April at the time of the California History Institute at UOP, and a fall “rendezvous” in late September, early October or November at a historic location on or near one of Jed Smith’s known campsites. In addition, the Board of Directors meets on call.

The business office of the Society is:
Jedediah Smith Society
1040 West Kettleman Lane #147
Lodi, CA 95240

The Society is headed by a president and other officers elected annually, by a board of directors elected every three years.


President:  Jim Smith
Vice President:  Joe Molter
Secretary:  Wayne Knauf
Treasurer:  Ed Sieckert

Board of Directors

Eric Jung
Wayne Knauf
Paige Mair
Steve Mair
Joe Molter
Ed Sieckert
Bob Shannon
Jim Smith
Darrell Thomas
Milton von Damm

Executive Committee

Jim Smith
Joe Molter
Wayne Knauf
Ed Sieckert
Paige Mair
Steve Mair
Bob Shannon
Darrell Thomas



One thought on “Jedediah Smith Society”

  1. Love to attend a rendezvous where mountain men have flintlocks they can tell me about.
    Jedediah Smith used many different calibers for his weapons of choice but did he use the same caliber on each one?
    Which size did the mountain men in his group favor?
    When are the next meetings?
    One in October in Lodi. Right?

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An organization dedicated to learning about and sharing the history of Jedediah Smith and other explorers and mountain men.