This article is written by Tom Riccio:
Clinton’s coming 350th anniversary provides an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with Clinton’s heritage. Charles Morgan, Abraham Pierson, and those volunteers who served during the Civil War helped to make our town what it is today.
In each instance, these fine citizens and their families sacrificed time, talent and treasure for the good of the entire community. It is our charge as the current inhabitants of Clinton to honor and tend to the memory of these historically important figures.
For these reasons, I tasked my three children, who are Scouts, to perform a community service to honor the above. Their project is to organize and fundraise for a restoration and preservation of the three statues in town. The Scouts have aptly named their project “Give the Boys a Bath.” You will see banners in front of the Pierson School with this slogan.
A professional cleaning of the statues has not occurred since they were erected. The restoration and preservation cost is estimated to be approximately $28,000. The work will be done by ConservArt, a professional company which specializes in these types of projects. The work entails cleaning, recoloring (to a uniform color) and coating the Morgan and Pierson bronze statues. The entire Civil War monument will be cleaned. The work will also repair broken stone on the Civil War monument, as well as solve the issue of rusting pins in the statue.
Morgan, Pierson and the volunteers during the Civil War gave freely of themselves. In this spirit we intend to collect private money to fund this project. It is our goal to collect two dollars from each of the 14,000 citizens of Clinton. Corporate and private business donations are welcomed. Donations may be sent to “Give the Boys a Bath” care of , 8 East Main Street, Clinton, CT 06413. Any donations not used for the cleaning will be forwarded to the Clinton Pretty Committee.
Our goal is to have the funds collected by March 1, 2013 and work to be completed by Memorial Day 2013. A fall back completion date will be July 4, 2013, if weather does not cooperate.
So search your car, couch, or under your bed and send that two dollars to “Give the Boys a Bath”! Let our town’s historical figures know they are appreciated for another one hundred years.