Lyndon Area Historical Society

The Lyndon Area Historical Society seeks to reaffirm the commitment to preserve the Lyndon Congregational Church and preserve and archive Lyndon’s venerable history. Great efforts have gone into the restoration of the building’s 130 year-old sanctuary.  For residents and visitors, you are strongly encouraged to visit this piece of Lyndon’s history as it offers some interesting insight about Lyndon’s beginnings, the people who lived here, and how it has shaped over time.

Their mission is as follows:

  • To restore the Lyndon Area Historical Society to a viable community center
  • To convert the sanctuary for public use – celebrations and events
  • To preserve and archive Lyndon’s venerable history
  • To create a media, technology, and genealogy center
Historical Society

Facility Use

The Lyndon Area Historical Society is a unique and charming setting for your next event.  The chapel with its impressive stained glass windows provides ample seating for up to 60 people, and can be set up to accommodate your needs. The acoustics within the chapel are ideal for musical performances. A piano is available for your use.

The lower level of the historical society, replete with all the charm of an old-fashioned church basement, is equipped with a fully-functioning kitchen area and can accommodate groups of up to 35-40 people. Examples of use include weddings, musical recitals, programs, workshops, classes, social and family events.

Contact Information

Phone: (815) 778-4962
Location: 405 4th St, Lyndon, IL 61261
Hours: Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm

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FAQ's for Bridge Donations

How many planks are needed?

We are in constant need of bridge planks.  The weather deteriorates the wood rapidly.  In addition, many planks have not been replaced in a long time and are in need of repair.

When will my placard arrive for my Personalized Plank Donation?

If you purchased a Personalized Bridge Plank, the placard will arrive in 4-8 weeks and depending on volunteer and public work efforts, it may take longer to get the new bridge plank installed.  At any rate, you will be notified when your bridge plank and placard is all set!

Below is an example of what it might look like when it's attached to the bridge plank.

I donated to the Crowdfunded Planks.  How does this work?

Currently each bridge plank costs $200 (and rising).  Crowdfunding allows anyone who has a minimum of $15 to be a part of restoring the Lyndon Bridge.  For every $200 reached, a new bridge plank and placard will be generated.  You will see the placard on the bridge notated as "Crowdfunded."  In addition, any comments you put in during your donation will be displayed on our website for all to see.  This is a fun way to share your Lyndon Bridge experience with the world.  Then when you walk the bridge and see a crowdfunded plank, you will know this was one that you have helped to create!

Cash Donation. I don't want to use the website to make my donation.  Can I still pay cash?

Absolutely.  You can either stop into the Village Hall with your cash donation, or you can download this form, fill it out and either mail it or stop into the Village Hall to drop it off.

Is my donation secure?

Yes.  We use the PayPal credit card gateway to execute our transactions on this website.  In addition, the site is 256 bit encrypted so you can feel safe and secure with your donation.

Can I claim this donation on my taxes?

Yes, but we also recommend checking with your tax advisor.

Lyndon Bridge Plank Donors


Thank you to all Donors!

The Hunters

This Must Be the Place
Tim, Amy, Jack, and James


“Rocky” the Wolfdog
Walked this bridge every day.

Darla Rangel

Brian Brooks

Carol Ahrens

In memory of Irene Ahrens who traveled this bridge many times with her children.

Curt Sawyer

In loving memory of Roland and Verna Sawyer. - Curt & Michelle

Billie Cowan

In Loving Memory of
Marvin D. Large
“PaPa 2”
July 18, 1936 - Feb. 3, 2019

Tyler Scott

What a great place to visit, rich history