Alumnus Publishes Book on History of Lindsborg

"Lindsborg Then and Lindsborg Now" By Bill CarlsonLINDSBORG, KAN., November 1, 2011—Lindsborg native and Bethany College alumnus Bill Carlson has published Lindsborg Then and Lindsborg Now featuring the history of Lindsborg from the late 1860s to early 1900s. The book shares community history and modern-day insights.

Lindsborg was founded in 1869 by religious Swedish immigrants has grown to a population of of 3,300. It well-known for its festivals, such as Svensk Hyllningsfest, varied music and art, such as at the annual Messiah Festival of the Arts, foods, and active churches. Swedish visitors have said that “Lindsborg is more Swedish than Sweden!”

Published by Smoky Valley Historical Publications, the book is available locally in Lindsborg at Hemslojd, the Old Mill Museum gift shop and also by mail from the Smoky Valley Historical Association, P.O. Box 255, Lindsborg, Kan., 67456, info@lindsborghistory.org.

Carlson is a graduate of Lindsborg High School and a 1952 graduate of Bethany College.  He holds a 1956 master’s degree from Emporia State University. He has served in the Army, coached and taught in Salina, Kan., public schools, and served as administrator at Bethany Home in Lindsborg. He has also written numerous books and newspaper feature stories. Carlson has weaved together stories from these seemingly disparate careers through his constants of empathy, living faith, and dedication to service. Carlson and his wife, Doris, currently live in Lindsborg, and he is one of three army veterans of the Korean War in the area.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Caption: Lindsborg Then and Lindsborg Now by Bill Carlson