JEDEDIAH SMITH SOCIETY
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 Society is headed by a president and other officers elected annually, by a board of directors elected every three years.
Term beginning April 22, 2022 and ending on December 31 of the applicable year.
President Milton von Damm 2023
Vice President Rich Cimino 2024
Castor Editor Joe Green 2025
Treasurer Arthur Hurley 2025
Secretary Daryl Morrison 2023
Board member James Aherns 2024
Board member James O’Callahan 2025
Board member Robert Zybach 2024
Emeriti Board Member Joe Molter
Emeriti Board Member Wayne Knauf