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

Friends of Leclaire volunteers donated hundreds of hours this summer to making improvements at Leclaire Park. They painted the large picnic shelter on the Madison Avenue side of the park over the summer (This fall they repaired the wall at the “beach” where vandals had thrown more than twenty blocks from the top of the wall into the lake. Volunteers fished them out, scrubbed them down and put them back on the wall. Flowers were planted in gardens throughout the park and mulch will be added later. In addition, memorials to Friends of Leclaire made it possible for FOL to purchase three trees, one in memory of Ricky Kuhn and two in memory of long-time Friends of Leclaire member and volunteer, Jack McCall. Meanwhile the Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department does its usual excellent work in maintaining the park as well as the grounds at Leclaire Field and the Children’s Museum

It’s Parkfest time again in Leclaire! Come on out on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from Noon to 5:00. We encourage you to gather families and friends to spend an entire afternoon listening to music, shopping, eating, viewing exhibits of vintage cars or historic photographs and taking a tour of Leclaire on the trolley. Some visitors even bring lawn chairs and settle in for a day along the lake surrounded by the wonderful sight, sounds, and aroma of the festival!

In September Friends of Leclaire presented a poster telling the history of the 1895 Leclaire School House to members of the Children’s Museum’s Board of Directors. The poster also featured early photographs of the former School House courtesy of the Madison County Historical Society. The poster was designed by Cindy Reinhardt. Friends of Leclaire paid to have the poster printed and framed so that visitors to the Children’s Museum can now read about the history of their beautiful historic building.


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