Lodi native Toni Linde first fell in love with Sutter Creek as a teenager when her Job’s Daughters group visited the town. It took some time, but Toni finally moved here as a young mother almost 27 years ago. Since then she has worked on events to keep the town “welcoming”, just the way it has always felt to her.
It’s that sense of home and history that Toni hopes to save through the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation. As a teacher, she has always wanted to preserve the amazing historical connections Sutter Creek has with the country’s history.
“I want to keep artifacts, including buildings, alive for future generations so they can actually see what they read about in their history texts,” she says. “Making sure that children understand the importance of our history here will help us share that with many generations to follow.”
Toni’s vision for the Foundation includes a pathway along the creek that both residents and visitors could enjoy. She’d also like to see more historical signs added to the buildings and other areas around Sutter Creek with cell phone apps so visitors can learn the history of what they are seeing. This would extend the self-guided tours already started for both visitors and residents alike.