Local grant funds help CCHS launch tuckpointing campaign

Clinton Community Historical Society (CCHS) recently received $600 from the Stateline Community Foundation and $2,500 from the Milton-based Carrie Jacob’s Bond Questors to help partially pay for tuckpointing repairs to the Cobblestone House. Professional tuckpointing is a labor-intensive job.

Tuckpointing is a method of masonry using two contrasting colors of mortar in the mortar joints of brickwork, with one color matching the bricks themselves, to give an artificial impression that very fine joints have been made. It removes deteriorated mortar joints between the bricks so that repairs can be made. It takes a skilled craftsman to do this type of work.

The Clinton Community Historical Society is a home-grown public museum containing historical documents and artifacts from the townships of Clinton, Bradford, LaPrairie, Turtle, and the Village of Clinton. It is also the home of the Turtle Grange Collections.

CCHS needs to raise another $22,500 for the complete tuckpointing project. This is a substantial amount for a small organization and community. The 501 (c)(3) non-profit will be holding a fundraising campaign that officially begins on Thursday, March 7.

Community residents can help fund this project through donations. Checks can be mailed to Clinton Community Historical Society, PO Box 606, Clinton, WI 53525, or go online to donate with a credit/debit card at www.clintonwihistory.org. The CCHS website and Facebook page has more information about the tuckpointing process for those interested in learning more about it. They will also post regular updates on their fundraising progress. Please email cobblestone1843@gmail.com for more information.

The project will be scheduled for a late summer or early fall 2024 start.

(SUBMITTED/CCHS WEBSITE PHOTOS) The Cobblestone House is badly in need of tuckpointing, and while the Clinton Community Historical Society has received some grant funding, they still need to raise more to make it possible. March 7 officially kicked off the start of their fundraising campaign. These photos show some of the cracks and damage that is in need of the tuckpointing repair work.