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Theater & art

Gordon Lankton’s Russian icon, African art at home in Clinton

CLINTON — Some collectors leave their precious possessions to their children. Others give them to museums or libraries. For his extensive collection of Russian icons and artifacts, Gordon B. Lankton built his own museum. In 2006, he took over an unused mill building near the green in this old factory town  and turned it into the Museum of Russian Icons.

“I figure since I’m 81, I won’t be around too long,” Lankton says. “I don’t want [the collections] to end up somewhere else. I love Clinton.”

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