200 Years of History
By R. Richard Willis
On Wednesday June 2, 2004 at the Township Council
Meeting, The Thomas Jefferson’s bust was unveiled.
When Mr. Thomas Burns, learned that the bicentennial committee was looking for
a bust of Thomas Jefferson, he said that he could sculpt one for the township.
This is where the things get interesting. The last time
Thomas Burns worked with clay was in his late teens, he now
84 years old. The sculpture was first was
made upon a foam core, then clay was added and worked with great skill, since
there is no photographs of Jefferson, just drawings, painting and other sculpted
pieces, Tom created a great likeness of Jefferson.
When Tom was satisfied, he invited Jack Kelly and others
to see his creation, all were greatly pleased. Then a rubber
mold was made. Tom then went into New
York City where the bust was cast. The mold was then filled with a plaster
like material, which hardens with age and can be made to
look like marble.
After Jack Kelly thanked Tom for his great sculpture, town
historian R. Richard Willis unveiled the bust. It was a great
pleasure to unveil the work, since
I have known Tom for a short time, but I have come recognize a great man
The bust will be displayed in the Municipal building when
the base arrives and a site is agreed upon.