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Unveiling of the Big Wheel Bicycle from Saturday October 1 at the Clinton County Historical Museum

October 7, 2022

Last Saturday the family of Rosemary and Bill McCarthy joined with artist Ivan Iler on the Museum lawn with the sculpture dedicated to their parents.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning in October that brought nearly 100 people to the Clinton County Historical Museum, Paine-Gillam-Scott House to watch the unveiling of “The Drummer”. The metal sculpture was designed and created by local artist, Ivan Iler and dedicated to the memory of Bill and Rosemary McCarthy, beloved patrons and volunteers of the Museum. “The Drummer” pays tribute to the St Johns Bicycle Band that performed in parades and shows during the late 1880s.

Rex Ferguson, Museum Board Member, hosted the ceremony that highlighted many of the improvements that have been made to the building since the closure during Covid-19. Rex also recounted the story of how the high wheel bicycle sculpture came to be and Iler spoke to his experience with the project. Some of the children of Bill and Rosemary McCarthy were on hand to uncover the sculpture to the delight of the audience.

Guests were invited to wander through the museum as well as enjoy Philips Orchards’ cider and donut.

Photos courtesy of Brooke Foorman

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