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Auburn University Student on Mission to Discover and Share Linden's Story

Auburn University Living Democracy Fellow Cristiana Shipma will be living and working in Linden for ten weeks this summer.  She hopes to collaborate with citizens, business owners and local government officials to better tell the story of Linden.

She will working with County Extension Coordinator Kathryn Friday and Marengo County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) Executive Director Brenda Tuck.

Shipma will also be involved with planning Linden’s second downtown art walk this summer. 

As part of her work in Linden, Shipma will be contacting local businesses, schools, and government offices to gather information or links that can be packaged in ways to present information about the town effectively.

“I am going to make a concerted effort to get to know the different people in Linden individually and find opportunities to share our stories,” she said.

Shipma, a public relations major from Huntsville, Ala., said she believes that opportunities exist to spread the word about assets and opportunities in Linden for current and future residents as well as visitors.

She plans to involve youth and senior citizens in her efforts to capture stories about life in Linden on web sites and other outlets.  “Each story will be unique and worth cherishing, and I am excited to discover the tales Linden has to offer.”

Living Democracy is a program of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. For more information on Living Democracy, visit

For more information, interested citizens can contact Shipma at (256) 361-7964 or at

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