The Jonathan Clark House, located at the corner of Bonniwell and Cedarburg Roads in Mequon, Wisconsin, is a unique architectural and historical treasure that is being preserved for use by the Mequon-Thiensville community and beyond. The house was built in 1848 and was home to Jonathan and Mary Clark, their eight children and two hired men. It was not only their home but also served as a community meeting place during a time when early settlers such as Clark, his father-in-law Peter Turck and neighbor William Bonniwell were developing the government of the township. The Friends of Jonathan Clark House is a 501c3 organization with volunteers who provide fascinating historic events and awesome tours to be enjoyed by the whole family!
Three area historical organizations invited youth to the Weyenberg Library in Mequon to enjoy the “Become a Young Historian” lobby exhibit. It was organized by the Jonathan Clark House Museum, the Mequon Thiensville Historical Society, and the Trinity Freistadt Historical Society. The exhibit, created by JCH Co-Curators Fred Derr and Nina Look invited youth to explore Wisconsin history right here in their own back yard.
Examples of young historian projects include visiting and photographing a local historic site,
taking a walking tour of local historic sites, interviewing a local historian or craftsperson, studying old maps, photographs, and newspapers, and watching a demonstration of early settler skills. They can also invite a local historian to give a presentation or demonstration to their school or group. The young historian can work with representatives of the three history organizations to create a plan for their exploration and learning. There is no charge for this opportunity to “Become a Young Historian”.
A special exhibit feature was the “Find the Red Fox” contest. Children up to age 12 were encouraged to look for the hidden fox and send a note with the location of the fox to the Jonathan Clark House at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contestants submitting the location were entered in a drawing for one of three Culver’s $20 gift cards. The contest was managed by Jonathan Clark House Young Historians Kate and Kolby Zellmann of Mequon.
The exhibit and project were underwritten by our local Culver’s Restaurant, the Mequon Community Foundation, and the Cedarburg Toy Company. More information is available from the Jonathan Clark House Museum by calling Nina or Fred at 262-618-2051.