November 18, 2013

The Stone Will Remember

Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, History, Stone Quotes tagged , , , at 9:29 pm by stonebankblog

Here’s a stone quote — not etched in stone — but about stone.

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Construction of the Stone Bank was completed in mid-December 1900. Imagine the world that has rolled past it over 113 years. This building really is a link to those who came before us, you can actually see the chisel marks in the stone. It remembers.

We are glad it does.

It’s Day 18 of National Blog Posting Month — and we would appreciate it if you “remember” the Stone Bank with a contribution. We are actively restoring this beautiful structure, and you can touch history by helping us put the back section of the building back together again.

The stone will remember, and, I think I hear it saying “thanks.”

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July 18, 2013

Stone Quote #9

Posted in Bottineau, Life, Stone Quotes, Updates tagged , , at 8:47 pm by stonebankblog

Waiting is not my strong suit. But this week in Bottineau, waiting and then waiting some more is on the menu.

Nearly daily thunderstorms are making it impossible  to pour the concrete footings for rebuilding the back section of the building.

So, we are waxing philosophical — and waiting for dry weather.

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We aren’t squandering our time … we’re biding it until we can get rolling again. See below for what we’re up against.

Stone Bank, Bottineau, ND

The forms are in, but we can’t pour concrete footings until the rain stops. It seems intent on staying.

Stay tuned. We will be moving very soon — for us that’s the stuff life is made of!

We would love to hear from you! Send questions, comments and donations. All the buttons are installed on this page!

Thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog.

October 9, 2012

Stone Quote No. 5

Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, Stone Quotes, Updates tagged , , , , at 11:49 pm by stonebankblog

For your Stone Bank blogger, it was disappointment for lunch, when the call about a grant  came at about lunchtime.

As the Rolling Stones famously put it … “you can’t always get what you want.”

And no, we didn’t even get a little bit of what we wanted. A representative of AgriBank called to say that although the Stone Bank is an interesting project that they had decided against sharing their oil-lease riches with us in the form of a grant. Seems that even though the grant information said they were looking for projects of cultural and historic value that there were, uh,  constraints on that.

Let’s just say that the instructions were vague. The result? In the short term,  the Stone Bank won’t have  the financial boost needed to help move the project along.

That brings us to (the very fitting)  Stone Quote #5.

Stone Bank's Stone Quote No. 5

Inscribed at the International Peace Garden’s Peace Chapel — quite near the Stone Bank.

That Alexander Graham Bell was one smart cookie.

No regrets! We will just move along and keep working on this great building. A door will open — and it will ROCK!

In the meantime, tell all your friends, relatives and passersby that they can do what AgriBank didn’t do. They can support the restoration of the Stone Bank.  There are lots of details on our website: StoneBank.org.

Chin up. Tally ho.  Thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog!

July 7, 2012

Stone Quote #3

Posted in Bottineau, History, Life, Stone Quotes, Stone Work, Updates tagged , , , , , at 6:48 pm by stonebankblog

International Peace Garden

Another great quote etched in limestone at the Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden.

Isn’t this a great quote?

The Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden never ceases to inspire. Depending on my mood or the day or current events a different quote strikes me as “more” meaningful on every visit.

At the Stone Bank, we are working to raise $40,000 to help raise (rebuild) the back of our building this year.

“The only hope of preserving what is best lies in the practice of an immense charity…”

It’s as simple as that. We think the Stone Bank is “the best,” and we are working hard to keep it standing for another 112 years. We could use “immense charity” to get going on this year’s  work. Remember, the Stone Bank is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization — so your contribution is tax-deductible.

What’s the plan? A sketch of the overall plan is here. (Scroll to the second half of the story for the plan!)

Want to review earlier quotes? Stone Quote #1 and Stone Quote #2.

Want to make a donation? Click the DONATE NOW icon in the right column. Or send a check to Touchstones, Inc., 524 Main Street, Bottneau, ND 58318!

Fossil embedded in limestone panel at the Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden.

June 6, 2012

Stone Quote No. 1

Posted in Life, Photos, Stone Work tagged , , , at 10:58 pm by stonebankblog

One of the great quotes in the Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden.

The Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden is a rather squat, nondescript, small modern building, but it’s worth taking a few minutes to contemplate the great quotes carved into stone slabs along the walls and to enjoy the serenity. Not sure of the type of stone, but it has many fossils, a marvelous veined texture — and, of course, the quotes.

Did you know that the Peace Garden is located conveniently near the Stone Bank? Just checking. This material may be on the test. (We will post some more “Stone Quotes” from time to time.)

Here’s a link to the Peace Garden’s website. It’s one of those places that gets better every year.

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