Come share in the journey as we prepare to celebrate Lindsborg's 150th birthday in 2019!
"To sponsor and support the celebration of the founding of the city of Lindsborg in 1869, and recognize the achievements of her founders, their descendants and contemporary citizens one hundred and fifty years later."
Meet the Committee
Front L to R: Betty Nelson, Susan Achenbach (Co-Chairpersons) Back Row L to R: Matt Stula (Treasurer), Abby Rathlef (Secretary), Marge Lloyd, Joyce Peterson, Joyce Pigge, Tim Stewart
Born and raised in Lindsborg, my name is Betty Nelson. I love small town living, and I am passionate about our community. As the director of marketing and development for Lindsborg Community Hospital, I love going to work every day—keeping local healthcare is definitely another passion! Of all of the committees and boards I have served over the years, one of my favorites was having served two (6 year) terms on the Svensk Hyllningsfest Committee. My grandfather, Dr. Bill Holwerda, is recognized as the Founder. I am a member of the Lindsborg City Council, having served for 18 years, and a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where my husband’s children are fourth generation members. Jim’s five children have blessed us with 6 grandchildren. Recent challenges include learning to let “sesquicentennial” flow into normal speech patterns, so let’s just say, “Let’s party like it is 1869!”
Hi! I’m Susan Achenbach. I’ve been a resident of Lindsborg for 24 years. In 1994 my husband Scott and I purchased the grocery store and moved to Lindsborg to operate Scott’s Hometown Foods. We have three children, Darrin (married to Bethanie Carlson Achenbach), Matt, and Rachel. We also have two darling granddaughters, Kate and Ava. I’ve served on the Lindsborg CVB advisory boards and Midsummer's Festival committees, and am a member of the Lindsborg Evangelical Covenant Church. Although Lindsborg is not my hometown, it has always felt like home to me since I spent my growing up years visiting relatives here. I love who and what our community represents and am excited to celebrate its 150th birthday with you! Let’s get this party started!
Hi I'm Matt Stula. I grew up in the Kansas City area and moved to Lindsborg in 2009. Although I have lived in Lindsborg only a relatively few short years my Lindsborg family roots go back over a century. I met my wife Michelle at Bethany Lutheran Church where I currently serve as the church Treasurer. I am employed at Philips Lighting in Salina as a Photometric and Electrical specialist. Some of the Lindsborg locals know me as "that guy with the bowling ball cannon." A few of my numerous hobbies include gardening, playing the pipe organ and trail biking. The 2019 150th celebration is just around the corner and we've got a great celebration in the works!
My name is Marge Johnson Lloyd. I was born in Salina, KS. but grew up in Lindsborg. I had the good fortune of being a member of the first kindergarten class in Lindsborg, the first 8th grade class to graduate from Soderstrom Elementary school, and the first to graduate from USD 400 (formerly Lindsborg Rural HS). My parents were Warren and Margaret Johnson and they owned Johnson Hardware (located in old Sundstrom building) and also owned the Fantastic Gift Shop and Gnome Home located in the large house behind the post office on 2nd Street. They were also the first people in Lindsborg to make and sell the Dala horses that people hang on their houses, porches or in their yards. I have moved from Lindsborg several times during my life. Emporia, KS was my first move, to attend school. After one year I returned home to attend Bethany College. New York City was my second move. I lived there one year while working for the airline TWA. Again, I moved home, got married and had two children. After they were out of school my job took me to Omaha, NE for one year and then to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area for three years. But once again, I moved home, this time to care for my mother and step-father. The theme of my life seems to be centered on "home". Lindsborg, I am blessed to say, has always been and will always be home to me.
Hi, I'm Joyce Peterson, I fell in love with Lindsborg and “all things Swedish” during my college days at Bethany College. I attended “Bethany in Sweden” in Mora, Sweden while in college. I also spent a year living in Sweden after college graduation before starting my education career at Soderstrom Grade School. Currently, I work at Smoky Valley High School and Bethany Lutheran Church. My husband, Mark, a Lindsborg native, and I have three grown sons, Anders, Lars, and Nils. I enjoy traveling, reading, and drinking coffee with friends.
In August 1970, I moved to Lindsborg and began teaching at Bethany College. Lindsborg is an incredible place to call home, surrounded by the multi-talented citizens of this most remarkable city. The pioneers who settled in this valley laid the foundation, the heritage of which we will celebrate in 2019. Join us and experience the past, present and future of Lindsborg.
Hello, my name is Tim Stewart, Growing up in a rural Missouri town, I learned the value of local and family history. While still in high school, I followed my family to McPherson County in 1979 and have been a Lindsborg resident since 2000. I, along with my wife, Debby, opened Reminiscent Antiques and Collectibles downtown Lindsborg September 2012 and continue to have the opportunity to acquire and research Lindsborg’s vast history. My interests include photography and currently serve on boards of the Smoky Valley Historical Association, Lindsborg Convention and Visitor Bureau and this epic celebration.