In the Press
This recent article about the local historical societies meeting together included members of JCH (double click on the article to read the enlarged version)
Here’s the August 2016 article from Mequon-Thiensville Today:
Our Pie on the Patio Event held on Sunday July 24 was captured in photos in this News Graphic article:
The Jonathan Clark House celebrates Flag Day with a Patriotic Open House June 12
The event at the Pink Llama Gallery was a big success!
DECEMBER 4, 2015
MT TODAY features the Jonathan Clark House and outlines our Capital Campaign.
APRIL 9, 2015
Owners of stone houses in the area were invited to tour the Jonathan Clark House and learn about stone houses. See the article below:
stone house article
JONATHAN CLARK HOUSE MUSEUM RECEIVES ANONYMOUS $10,000 DONATION: Funds will partially cover cost of Historic Structure Report for the 1848 home
Mequon, WI – December, 2013 – The Mequon Community Foundation recently accepted an anonymous $10,000 donation designated for the Jonathan Clark House restoration. The funds will be used to partially cover the cost of a Historic Structure Report conducted by Justin Racinowski, Project Architect, from The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. of Cedarburg.
The Historic Structure Report is the first phase in the critical preservation and restoration of the Jonathan Clark House, a nationally registered historic building in Ozaukee County built in 1848. This essential step provides an assessment of the condition of the House with prioritized recommendations that will aid in its preservation and restoration. The report will also uncover physical evidence important to understanding the history, construction and significance of the building.
Racinowski and The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. have been involved in other noteworthy historical projects such as the Cana Island Light House in Door County. “I am proud to be working with The Kubala Washatko Architects on this significant project,” said Dr. Nina Look, Museum Director. “Utilizing their expertise, we will create an essential guide for the future of the property.” Click the link below to read more…
Read the complete press release here: News Graphic Press Release $10000 donation 12-19-13
Reception Showcases Jonathan Clark House: National Historic Building Dates Back to 1848
New Graphic, 11/7/2013
Mequon- The Mequon Community Foundation held a reception catered by Shully’s in late September at the Jonathan Clark House to introduce some community members to this nationally registered historic building built in 1848. The event included personal tours of the home as well as costumed interpreters dressed as the children of Jonathan and Mary Clark, the original owners of this historically important home in Mequon.
Mequon Community Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports projects in recreation, education, culture, outdoor beautification and general public improvement in Mequon, sponsored this event in an effort to raise funds to preserve and share the property, history and stories of early Thiensville-Mequon setters and the community they created.
“This historic house is a part of the fabric of our community,” said Kathy Pederson, foundation president. “By raising funds for its preservation, we are bringing history to life.”…
View the entire article from the News Graphic Press Release Nov 7 2013 here.
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Mid-19th Century Landscape Design Unveiled
News Graphic, 7/11/2013
MEQUON, WI – July 3, 2013 – The Jonathan Clark House Museum, in Mequon, Wisconsin, plans to celebrate the unveiling of it’s mid-19th century landscape design by MATC Mequon Campus students with an open house scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Landscape Horticulture Instructor, Carol Bangs, along with students from the Mequon Campus’ Landscapes Projects Class, developed a landscape plan for the Jonathan Clark House Museum grounds. Students were asked to construct a plan for the new House Museum that showcases what the grounds would have looked like in 1848 when the home was originally built. “This group of exceptional MATC students has undertaken a unique historical project. The plan they have created will guide us in the important development of the Clark property grounds,” said Nina Look, Director of the Jonathan Clark House Museum…
View the entire article from the News Graphic on 7/11/2013 Pg A6 here.
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New House Museum
Early American Life, April 2013
With the purchase of the Jonathan Clark House secured, a local group of history-minded residents have begun the task of transforming the 1848 Greek Revival structure into the only historic house museum in the Mequon/Thiensville community of Wisconsin.
The community, just outside of Milwaukee, holds few structures of this era, noted Nina Look, Director of the Friends of the Jonathan Clark House, Ltd. The house survived because its previous owner, Dr. Gregory Custer, preserved it while using it as his dental office for thirty years…
View the entire article from the Early American Life JCHMus Article here.
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Look Named Clark House Museum Director
News Graphic, 2/12/2013
Mequon – The historic Jonathan Clark House is well on its way to being restored to its original 1848 appearance with the appointment of Mequon resident Nina Jo Look to the position of museum director for the landmark. Look has career experience in…
View the entire article from the News Graphic Article Feb 12, 2013 Musuem Director here.
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EDUCATOR APPOINTED CLARK HOUSE MUSEUM DIRECTOR
Mequon native brings background of education, administration and historic work.
(Mequon-Thiensville) February 1st, 2013 – The historic Jonathan Clark House is well on its way to being restored to its original 1848 appearance with the appointment of Mequon resident Nina Jo Look, Ph.D., to the position of Museum Director for the 200 year-old landmark. Dr. Look has career experience in educational administration as well as extensive historical experience as a former board member of the Ozaukee County Historical Society and current Archivist at the Society’s Hazel Wirth Archives Research Center. She has accepted the volunteer position by the board of The Friends of Jonathan Clark, LTD, which is purchasing the home to develop it as a venue for a variety of community activities.
Look is a highly visible and energetic member of the community who has hit the ground running in her new job. She has developed an exhaustive plan including, among other objectives, a goal to fill the Clark House with 1848 period furniture, floor coverings, lighting, wall pieces and accessories, plus the development of exhibits, displays and tours of the house. A museum store is also being considered.
“I am looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Look said following her acceptance of the post, adding “I am fortunate that there is an enthusiastic group of volunteers who will be working with me in the development of the Jonathan Clark House Museum.”
Jonathan Clark was an early Mequon settler instrumental in the development of the first public school in Mequon. The home Clark built on the northwest corner of Cedarburg and Bonniwell Roads is considered a significant part of the community’ history, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Look was raised in rural northwest Mequon and for eight years attended Bonniwell School, a one-room school in the school district founded by Jonathan Clark. She graduated from Homestead High School and continued her education in the University of Wisconsin system, ultimately achieving a doctorate degree in Educational Administration. Dr. Look held administrative positions with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) during a 20-year career, most recently as Vice President responsible for the Mequon campus, retiring in 2006. Look has served on the boards of the Mequon Thiensville Chamber of Commerce and Community Fun Events, Inc., promoting Family Fun Before the Fourth, Mequon and Thiensville’s annual day-long festival of parades, entertainment, food and fireworks, held each Saturday prior to Independence Day.
Look was instrumental in promoting the recent purchase of the Clark House by The Friends of Jonathan Clark House, LTD. The organization is purchasing the home from Jerry McGinnis, the founder of Embassy Homes in Mequon who purchased the home in 2012 from Dr. Gregory Custer and is selling the property to The Friends of Jonathan Clark on a land contract. The Friends have partnered with the Mequon Community Foundation in an ambitious fund raising program projected to raise $500,000 to pay for the home and jumpstart operations at the Clark House.
The idea of obtaining the home for public use came from Mequon Mayor Curt Gielow, who was the catalyst behind The Friends of Jonathan Clark House.
Donations of all amounts are being sought and may be sent to the Mequon Community Foundation, P.O. Box 52, Mequon, WI 53092 http://www.mcfgives.org/
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For more information contact:
Museum Director, Dr. Nina Jo Look or Cindy Bock, Chair, Friends of Jonathan Clark House, LTD., email@example.com.
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