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

The Fifth Annual Leclaire Neighborhood Yard Sale will be held May 21 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. To participate, send a note or e-mail, to FOL with your address and a list of items you will have for sale. The information will be used both to place signs on the day of the sale and for advertising the sales. FOL pays for a newspaper advertisement and promotes the sale on social media in the week prior to the sale. There is no need for participating households to contribute nor do individuals or households need to be members of FOL. For further information, please call 656-1294.

Friends of Leclaire will donate a tree to be planted at the Children’s Museum as part of its Earth Day celebration on April 22. Trees were planted to line the streets of Leclaire before most houses were built and continue to contribute to the charm of the neighborhood.

Friends of Leclaire will host a water station Saturday, May 28, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Lake and Hale for runners in the 17th Annual 5K Run for Bonifest. This is the fifth year for the water station and the fifth year that volunteers from the EHS Student Council will join us for the event. Last year FOL had so many volunteers there were enough for a large cheering section where runners were given “the wave” as they passed through the corridor of cheering fans. There were lots of smiles and laughter making it one of the most fun events of the year. Join Friends of Leclaire on May 28 as they give a hearty Leclaire welcome, encouragement, and, of course, water, to runners as they pass Leclaire Park!

The 2016 season of the Land of Goshen Community Market in downtown Edwardsville begins May 14 and Friends of Leclaire will be there for the opening. FOL is normally at the market on the third Saturday of each month, but moves that date up a week in May because of the Leclaire Yard Sale on the third Saturday in May. Two volunteers are needed to work the booth each month where they provide information about Leclaire (brochures available) and sell Friends of Leclaire merchandise. New volunteers are paired with seasoned volunteers and with two people at the booth, there is time to take turns shopping the market. Call Mike Reinhardt at 6561294 if you are willing to volunteer during this year’s Goshen Market season

Many thanks are due to Bob and Ellen Nickrent for coordinating the first FOL Luminaria event as well as hosting the FOL Holiday Social in December. For the Luminaria evening, bags with candles were placed around Leclaire Park so visitors could enjoy a candle-lit stroll. Positive feedback indicates that this event should be repeated, so watch for it in December 2016.


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