December 18, 2014

Coghlan Castle — The Next Step

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:28 pm by stonebankblog

stonebankblog:

Someone asked me today about “that castle in North Dakota,” and I knew exactly what they meant. It’s time to revisit a blog post about the beautiful Coghlan Castle near St. John, ND.

Make a donation to help restore the Stone Bank and I will meet you in ND and take you to see the castle (and, of course, the Stone Bank).

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$5 million! That’s how much it would take to completely repair and restore the Coghlan Castle near St. John, N.D.

Not going to happen, says Becky Leonard, the spark plug behind saving this striking and rare stone building.

Becky and other Coghlan Castle fans have worked hard to stabilize the building and to make critical repairs to keep it standing. More stone will be reattached to the facade — but, for now, that’s about where the project will stand.

This year’s goal is to install an interpretive sign near the castle, so interested passersby can stop, take a look and go away knowing “what the heck that building is.”

I have misplaced my notes from my lunch with Becky, who has been involved in historic preservation for years. But she is to be complimented for pushing hard to save this building.

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December 13, 2014

Stone Quote No. 11

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 2:05 pm by stonebankblog

We are feeling kind of philosophical as the end of the year draws near. We are proud of our progress on restoring the bank and eager for what comes next.

Stone Bank restoration project, Bottineau ND

From the Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden near Dunseith, ND.

Yes. We are looking ahead with optimism to the next step in our project. In 2015, we WILL raise the back of the building and put the roof on. PERIOD. We are ready to go. Our greatest concern is hiring the help to do the heavy lifting.

Because of the oil boom in North Dakota, it has been excessively difficult to find the skilled labor (plumber, electrician and contractor) that we need to get this done. With oil prices down, the prediction is that oil exploration will slow. That could be good new for us — because some of the building trades guys might have time to work with us.

We also need to match a $20,000 grant from the Historical Society of North Dakota. That will go a long way to enclosing the building in 2015. (We actually hope to get the floor joists in place this winter — as soon as the plumber finishes his work in our brand new basement.)

As you make your charitable gifts at the end of 2014, please make a gift to the Stone Bank restoration. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so your gift is tax deductible. Your gift will move the Stone Bank closer to its new life as a working building on Bottineau’s Main Street! We are on the right road!

Learn more about the project, the bank’s history, make a contribution or dedicate a stone on our website.

As always, thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog!

December 8, 2014

Rockin’ the Beach in a Stone Bank T

Posted in Friends of Stone Bank, Fundraising, Photos, Pictures tagged , , , , at 12:30 am by stonebankblog

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It’s snowing up North (and on our blog), but look! The Stone Bank T-shirt makes excellent beach apparel!

Our friend, Laura, recently took her new PRESERVATION ROCKS shirt to a Florida beach! And she totally ROCKED it!

She has the right idea! The Stone Bank T is charming, lovely and easy to pack. AND it’s a great conversation starter for those chance meeting with a handsome stranger or an old friend.

Still time to get yours for the holidays. Best of all. Your donation of $15 will help us match our grant from the Historical Society of ND and help rebuild the back section of the building in 2015.

We love to post photos of our friends wearing the Stone Bank T. Send yours to touchstones.inc@gmail.com with a few details about the location and we will share it.

You can make a contribution right on this page. Then send us a note about size and color of shirt and we will send it along to you. There are more details and photos on our website. We now have a limited number of long-sleeve shirts, for those who are not getting to the beach this winter.

Thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog!

November 18, 2014

Putting the Pieces Together

Posted in Friends of Stone Bank, Fundraising, Photos, Pictures tagged , , , at 11:53 pm by stonebankblog

What’s this? The original Stone Bank puzzle back in action?

Indeed. And “in action” a long, long way from Bottineau. This old Stone Bank puzzle is now entertaining folks (and perhaps puzzling them) at a community center near Phoenix!

Thanks to our friend Jane for sending the photos. We love it when folks near and far offer a hand in fixing the Stone Bank, even if it is only putting the puzzle together.

Want to help? Your contribution will help us rebuild the back 20 feet of the building!

Be like Jane! She recently sent a contribution using the PayPal link on this page. Our mailing address is also in the right column. We would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog!

Stone Bank, Bottineau, ND

The Stone Bank puzzle is quite different from the competitors for “fixing” in the puzzle closet.

Stone Bank restoration, Bottineau, ND

The Stone Bank puzzle is perplexing folks in a community center in Arizona.

November 8, 2014

Guess what? You can win or buy a LONG-sleeve Stone Bank T-shirt today

Posted in Fundraising, Promotions/Contests, Updates at 11:11 am by stonebankblog

Touchstones Board President is home in Bottineau today at the Fall Craft Show, staffing the Stone Bank table. Help her fill the pickle jar with coins and dollars -- and take a guess on how much will be in there by the end of today. Whoever guesses closest -- online here or in person -- wins one of the new Stone Bank long-sleeve T-shirts, free!

Touchstones Board President Sharon Kessler is home in Bottineau today at the Fall Craft Show, staffing the Stone Bank table. Help her fill the pickle jar with coins and dollars — and take a guess on how much will be in there by the end of today. Whoever guesses closest — online here or in person — wins one of the new Stone Bank long-sleeve T-shirts, free!

Guess how much loose change and dollars our supporters will have put in this pickle jar during today’s Fall Craft Show and win a new long-sleeve Stone Bank T-shirt. Just send a Reply to this post with your guess — or put it on our Facebook page. Whoever guesses closest to the actual amount raised by the end of today will get their choice of shirt — in holiday red or stone grey.

If you want to be sure that you’re a winner, simply use the PayPal button to the right to donate $15, and tell us which color shirt you want us to send you, where. Of course, you can always donate more or less than that, too. Tis the season for giving, and we have to match a generous $20,000 grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota in order to finish constructing the back of the Stone Bank this fall and winter. Thanks for helping — and playing along. Good luck!

November 5, 2014

Why You Should Give

Posted in Bottineau, Friends of Stone Bank, Photos, Recommended Reading, Renovation, Updates, Volunteers at 11:27 pm by stonebankblog

We are at the turning point in our project. Actually, we are a little past the turning point. We are rebuilding the rear 20 feet of the Stone Bank. This is HUGE! As our stone mason Joe says: “We are out of the hole.”

Next up: roughing in the plumbing, pouring the concrete floor in our new basement and then installing the floor joists and rebuilding the walls.

Your contribution will help make it happen. We need to match a $20,000 grant from the Historical Society of North Dakota.

Following is a scan of a nice feature about the Stone Bank on the Minot Daily News.

Sorry about the quality of the scan — we can’t access the story electronically.

Hit Story.1 Hit Story2 Send donations to Touchstones, Inc., P.O. Box 272, Bottineau, ND 58318. Or us our handy PayPal link.

Heck! Make a contribution and we will send you a copy of the article with your receipt.

Does your employer match your charitable contributions?

Touchstones is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we will send you a receipt to get that match.

Let’s get the roof on!

Hope to see you Saturday at the Holiday Craft Fair at the Bottineau Armory.

 

 

 

 

November 3, 2014

Fill ‘er up!

Posted in Bottineau, Friends of Stone Bank, Fundraising, Photos, Promotions/Contests, Updates tagged , , at 11:47 pm by stonebankblog

If you’re like me, you hate missing something “interesting.” So, for those of you who don’t subscribe to the Bottineau Courant or the Metigoshe Mirror — here’s an “interesting” ad that we are running in this week’s edition of our local newspapers.

Clint in adOK. Now, we know it’s the HOLIDAY Craft Fair, but let’s not split hairs. Instead, let’s fill Clint’s pickle jar with coins to help restore the Stone Bank. Please drop by and help us fill the jar!  If you can’t make it to Bottineau, you can send us some “coin” by PayPal!

Let’s make this double fun! We’ll also collect your guesses about how much change is donated on Nov. 8. When the coins are counted, the guess closest to the total will win a new Stone Bank T-shirt.

Stop and see us at the Craft Fair. We would love to talk about the progress we’re making on the project.

Thanks to our friend MaryB who created this ad for us! Mary totally rocks!

As always, thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog!

October 27, 2014

Honor Abe and the Stone Bank

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:18 pm by stonebankblog

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We posted this challenge more than a year ago, and we had our first giver! Our friend Jean handed over her penny jar and we hope you will follow her lead. We are trying to fill a huge pickle jar with change on Nov. 9 at the fall craft fair at the Bottineau Armory.

Originally posted on stonebankblog:

Today is not only Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, but it is also National Lost Penny Day.

According to giftypdia.com (all about gifts and celebrations): “The first U.S. penny was minted in 1787 and was made of pure copper and was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On February 12th, 1909, marking the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, the first Lincoln penny was issued. It was the first regular issue U.S. coin to honor an actual person. On Lost Penny Day, gather all those pennies you have been collecting and cash them in.”

So, do you have a dish or jar full of pennies that you have set aside? Why not cash them in and give the proceeds to the Stone Bank for its restoration project?

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“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” – Abraham Lincoln.

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October 26, 2014

Rock, Paper or Pennies!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:19 pm by stonebankblog

Greetings! We have had a rather long hiatus from the blog — but rest assured we are still hard at work on restoring the Stone Bank. In fact, we are working on rebuilding the back 20 feet of the building … and we need your help.

We have a $20,000 grant from the Historical Society of North Dakota and we need a dollar-for-dollar match.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to help. How about sharing your spare change like our friend Jean did!

Every penny will help us put the Stone Bank back together again.

We will be at the Fall Craft Show at the Bottineau Armory on Saturday, November 8. Help us fill our pickle jar with coins to benefit the Stone Bank. Stop by and say hi, buy a T-shirt or dedicate a Stone. We always love to talk about the project.

July 31, 2014

Volunteers! We love ‘em

Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, Photos, Pictures, Updates, Volunteers tagged , , , , at 10:50 pm by stonebankblog

There she sits! The Stone Bank is looking a bit more chic after a long overdue touchup of the paint on her window frames. And we owe it all to volunteers. A group of Fulbright scholars spent a couple days in June, rolled up their sleeves and made it happen.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Volunteers scraped, sanded and painted the Stone Bank's windows. Looking good!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Volunteers scraped, sanded and painted the Stone Bank’s windows. She is looking good and ready for more restorative work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want more? Of course, you do. Who doesn’t want to see the Stone Bank looking chipper?

So let’s keep it going. Our project has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Historical Society of ND to continue work to restore the bank building. But we need to match the grant with local contributions of cash or labor.

If we can raise the money — we can raise the back section of the bank and get the building back into use.

So, we need your support. Your donation will go directly into rebuilding costs. Other than insurance and our P.O. Box rental, our overhead is almost ZERO. Oh, speaking of the P.O. Box — It is P.O. Box 272, Bottineau, ND 58318. Send a check or make a donation with PayPal.

This summer, the plan is to get the plumbing roughed in and the floor joists installed. From there we will rebuild the walls and add the roof. It is all possible, if we have the money to pay the contractors. Can you help? Great.

We appreciate it.

The Stone Bank's front window with a fresh coat of paint on the wooden window frame.

The Stone Bank’s front window with a fresh coat of paint on the wooden window frame.

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