Social visionary N.O. Nelson founded the village of Leclaire in 1890, naming it after Edme Jean Leclaire, who inaugurated profit sharing in France. In contrast to unsanitary urban tenement districts, Leclaire was a model cooperative village offering affordable homes, a healthful environment, free education, many opportunities for recreation and self improvement, and pleasant working conditions at the N. O. Nelson Manufacturing Company. Leclaire was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Neighborhood News

All residents of Leclaire are invited to “Meet Your Alderman” on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 110 of Building N4 at the Historic N. O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College. Room 110 is a first floor classroom just east of the Leclaire Room.

This time of year Friends of Leclaire normally hosts a forum of candidates running for mayor or alderman, but incumbent Ward 5 Alderman William Krause is running unopposed. In lieu of a debate, residents will be given the opportunity to hear what is going on in Ward 5 and other areas of the city, to ask questions about how city government works, and to address concerns for our neighborhood. City elections will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Due to the “Meet Your Alderman” event, the March Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m.

Residents and admirers of Leclaire Park are invited to join FOL and Edwardsville’s Beautification and Tree Commission as we celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a tree planting involving local Scout troops. Following the 10:00 a.m. tree planting, there will be a general park clean-up and volunteers will paint the gazebo on the east side of the park. For more information call 656-1294.

After more than a century of skating on Leclaire Lake each winter, the City has banned ice skating. Due to climate changes there have been very few days when skating was permitted in recent years, but it is still the official end of an era. Skating on Leclaire Lake is now just a memory.

The annual meeting of the Friends of Leclaire will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00 p. m. in Room 201 of Building N4 at the Historic N. O. Nelson Campus of LCCC in Leclaire. Members of Friends of Leclaire are encouraged to contact Kathy Krishnan at 656-8375 if they are interested in serving on the board of Friends of Leclaire which consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and three trustees. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting.

FOL will again host a water station Saturday, May 23, at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Lake and Hale for runners in the Bonifest 5K Race. Call 656-1294 to volunteer, or just come to Leclaire Park to cheer on the runners!

The Pauli home on Lake Avenue was packed with guests for the December Holiday Party as FOL members
gathered to eat, (drink!) and visit with neighbors and friends. Thank you, Al and Kim, for being such wonderful


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