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.

What's Happening

Email Service is Back
The Friends of Leclaire email system is once again online! We were able to resolve the system outage on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 with assistance from our web hosting service. Friends of Leclaire can again access our email account to check any incoming messages and respond to visitor inquiries. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Save the Date
The 23rd Annual Leclaire Parkfest will be on Sunday, October 19th from noon to 5 p.m. Save the date and invite your family to “come home” for this annual party that celebrates our history while providing the opportunity for local non-profit organizations to raise funds that benefit the entire community. Contracts have already been signed and other arrangements completed for the festival. Vendor applications will be posted to the FOL web site beginning July 1.

Thank You!
In recent months Friends of Leclaire volunteers have planted flowers and tended gardens at Leclaire Park, hosted a water station for the Bonifest 5K Run through Leclaire with help from the EHS Student Council, organized the annual Leclaire Yard Sales and worked the year’s first FOL booth at the Goshen Market. Thank you! These activities make Leclaire and Edwardsville a better place to live! Thanks to all who volunteered! Call 656-1294 to become a volunteer.

House History Contest
The Kelly House at 1205 Troy Road was chosen for the June Friends of Leclaire newsletter because the owners entered and won the House History Contest. FOL members are encouraged to enter the contest to learn the history of their Leclaire home. With over 400 homes in Leclaire, entering the contest makes it more likely that your home will be chosen. To enter, send your name, address and phone number via e-mail to with the subject line “House History Contest” or send a note with the same information to FOL at Box 644, Edwardvsille, IL 62025. Winning addresses are drawn randomly, four times per year. You must be a member of Friends of Leclaire to enter the contest.


Make a statement! Purchasing our merchandise lets the world know you support the goals of Friends of Leclaire. All proceeds from memberships, contributions, and merchandise support the historical and educational efforts of Friends of Leclaire.

If you have questions or would like to place an order:
Call (618) 656-1294


Leclaire Parkfest

Oct 19th
12:00pm - 5:00 pm
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