"Give The Boys A Bath" Sign Has Clintonites Wondering What's Up?

It's to bring attention to next year's 350th anniversary and to raise funds for a good cleaning of the statues of Abraham Pierson and Charles Morgan and the Civil War Monument.


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.

Tom Riccio August 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Thank you to the Sailing Masters of 1812 for a great show and to all who came out to support "Give the Boys a Bath"! $325 raised! We are quickly approaching the $1000 mark. Check out Chuck and Abe's new garb when you drive by and send your $2 to Liberty Bank today!
Tom Riccio August 31, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Check out "Give the Boys a Bath" on Face Book! New fundraising concert coming in September!
Sarah C August 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I was at Liberty Bank yesterday and looked around for a donation box or sign. I finally had to ask a teller, who graciously took my money and gave me a receipt. Will they let you post a sign in the bank? I'll bet more folks would donate if they had a reminder right in front of them.
Tom Riccio August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I will inquire with the bank to see if that will be allowed. Thank you for the suggestion!
Gram Ann September 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Necessary Repairs would be great at this time, but I prefer the age old Patina on the Bronze Statues..it has more Character, like the ones in Europe..


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