A Heritage on Film

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Published on: Nov. 2, 1996

Last revision: Oct. 25, 2010

too. In Photomethods, Lindholm wrote: "What an impact we could have if each week or month we would send a meaningful photograph to those who represent us in Washington or in our state capitals."

Lindholm's affection for Missouri's landscape began when he was a child in St. Louis, when his parents took him on Meramec River outings. He let the current carry him in the shallow water along a gravel bar, and that experience formed a lasting bond. "The water was clear and clean," he remembers, "and I always loved that."

A love of the Missouri landscape grows over time, says this Jefferson City resident. "The more you enjoy the landscape, the more you get out in it, the more you notice it, the more you appreciate it." Lindholm has hiked and canoed extensively in the southern part of the state, and he and his wife, Joyce, hike and bike on the KATY Trail.

Along with landscapes, Lindholm's photo subjects include old farmhouses and barns. "I think it's important to preserve the natural history, but also the cultural history," he says. "Look at some of these old buildings that are being let go; it's a shame to see our history going to dust in so many places."

His mother grew up on a farm near Sedalia, and he visited there as a child. "I can feel a sense of a farm family when I see an old building and recall going out in the field with my uncle and helping him in his farm chores," he says. "The farm community ties in with the land, and I guess I'm feeling another connection to the land when I'm out photographing some of those old buildings."

Lindholm majored in radio and television production in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri at Columbia, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and returned to UMC for law school, receiving his degree in 1964. As Assistant Attorney General, he was involved in the successful effort to transform the former track bed of the MKT Railroad into the 200-mile KATY Trail across the state.

The trail "turned out to be a wonderful thing," says Lindholm. He says local people along the trail enjoy it, even some who were initially opposed to it.

Lindholm was counsel to the Clean Water Commission for over 20 years. One of his first duties was to draft

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