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April 4, 2014

Let the light shine


"We were lucky that we had a family that underwrote the restoration of the windows," Dethmann said. "We never expected to be able to do this but people have been very generous."

In addition to the donations from the community, the society also received a donation from English to help aid the preservation of the windows.

That donation included an outside covering that protects the window from a variety of different elements.

What's so special about Glass Heritage's outside covering is it comes with ventilation that allows the window to "breath" when it is constantly facing the stress of the harsh sun.

"What it does is protect the window from any weather damage or vandalism," English said. "Our framing also lets the window release pressure. When the heat builds up it builds pressure in the window, so having the outside covering vented allows that pressure to get released and prevents the window from bowing."

Having any kind of assistance in preserving the nationally recognized historic building is something the historical society appreciates considering the work that still needs to be done.

With the majority of volunteers being retirement age, Dethmann said they are not able to accomplish everything they would like in the time they would like to, but added that they continue to work every day to restore this piece of Clinton history.

"We're getting older and more tired but there's still a lot of work to be done," Dethmann said. "We still have a long ways to go but we've also come a long ways."

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