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Richard Clark enjoys history. Especially the history ofbuildings which dot the landscape near Bishop Hill.

Clark makes marvelous miniatures of the farm barns,  corncribs, country school, grist mill, and other buildings which are arealandmarks.

Clark is a builder. He will spend hours in his basementworkshop, constructing  these replicas. The one room, Union School.Richard attended classes there for eight years.

He built a miniature of the Bishop Hill Grist Mill. It is nolonger standing.

He also constructed a miniature of the Bishop Hill FireStation which he gave to the Mayor's son.

Richard pulls on a string and the barn doors open up. Roofson the building are removable.

A round barn featured on a calendar from Wisconsin. The OscoCorn Crib, still standing today. Over the years, that building has becomesomething for kids to decorate with their names, and art.

Clark says with all the barns that have been torn down, gonetoo are the memories of what farmers did years ago.   

He has made a mini grocery store, the  covered bridgein Princeton, Illinois.  Clark says he is having fun.

At seventy eight years of age, he is also farming. He showsno indication of slowing down. He has a genuine affection for the past and thepresent. Using his talent, especially when it involves making miniatures fromdown on the farm.

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