MLK Day/Pleasant Hill Quilters Program Canceled

Out of an abundance of caution with the spread of COVID-19 in the Linden community, the MLK Day and Pleasant Hill Quilters program scheduled for Saturday, January 15th has been canceled.

The Linden Heritage Foundation will host its Annual Meeting at 2 pm as previously scheduled.  It will be an abbreviated Agenda.

Mask and social distancing will be observed.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate through these times.

Save the Date — Saturday – January 15 2022

Saturday, January 15 2022 at 2 pm join the Linden Heritage Foundation in the Courtroom of the historic Cass County Courthouse for a special event during the week of celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Pleasant Hill Quilting Club will share historic quilts and stories of how they were used to deliver important messages to African Americans searching for safety as they traveled the Underground Railroad.

Following the program, the Linden Heritage Foundation will have its Annual Membership Meeting.  The Agenda for the Membership Meeting includes the election of Linden Heritage Foundation Directors.

A reception with refreshments will follow.

Deconstruction of 1939 Old Linden Firehouse

The Linden Heritage Foundation (LHF) Board of Directors in June 2019 reviewed the history of the near four year effort to restore the Old Linden Firehouse.  (see here) http://lindenheritage.org/whats-the-future-of-the-1939-linden-firehouse-whats-next-for-downtown/

It was decided then it would be cost prohibitive even with grants and available tax credits to restore the Old Firehouse.  No one since has stepped forward expressing any interest in the structure or the plans/specifications to convert the building to a commercial or residential use.

Photo by Jo Anna Duncan July 2021

The building and its interior have recently been inspected by an engineer and determined to be structurally unsound.

The Board, based on that finding, has elected to remove the roof and existing walls of the Old Firehouse down to the concrete slab and retaining walls.  Labor and equipment for this work will be donated.

Image courtesy of Angela McMillon 2021

Once the work is completed, the LHF Board will seek input on future use of the Old Linden Firehouse site.  An option being reviewed would incorporate the 1934 Water Tower and Old Firehouse into an outdoor music venue.

For further information contact:  Sam Higdon, LHF Director samlhigdon@icloud.com

LHF Annual Meeting of the Membership – 24th April 2021

The Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Linden Heritage Foundation will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Senior Citizens Center (507 S. Kaufman St., Linden) starting at 3:30 pm.

 The Agenda for the meeting includes:

  1. Welcome
  2. Introduction of Nominating Committee Members
  3. Nominating Committee submits Slate of Directors for election
  4. Explanation of voting process, tabulate vote, and announcement of results
  5. Review of Foundation’s Financial Statement
  6. Review of current and future activities
  7. Update on Old Firehouse
  8. Questions and Comments
  9. Refreshments and Visitation

“Let LK Shine” Fundraiser A Success

The Linden Heritage Foundation (LHF) proudly supports our Linden-Kildare Schools.  The majority of our members are graduates of LK who have very fond memories of the school and its great teachers.  Now, more than ever, our teachers and students deserve our support which was the motivation behind our recent fundraiser.

Over 30 individuals made donations to “Let LK Shine” to accomplish its goal of raising $12,000.00.  Many donors contributed  in memory or honor of a teacher they had when attending LK.  It seems that great teachers have impacted thousands of lives in a profoundly significant way.

The Foundation presented two checks to LKCISD with Keri Winters, Superintendent, responding:

Our teachers have been informed that a $100 stipend ($6,000.00) has been added to enhance funding available to purchase classroom supplies the cost of which have increased in this new learning environment. The other $6,000.00 has been added to the LKCISD budget for enhanced playground equipment and outdoor games for the elementary and junior high including  new balls for soccer, basketball, football, volleyball and dodgeball; tetherball poles, balance beams, “gaga pits” and climbing walls.

Jo Anna Duncan, LHF President, thanked LKCISD for providing a quality education to the children of Linden in these unprecedented times.