Saturday, December 30, 2006

Joliet Area Historical Museum

This picture is from Wayne Silvius and it is just one of many cool things at the Joliet Area Historical Musuem. They keep adding more exhibits. If you have never been, I recommend taking a trip. If you have not been in a year or two, it is worth checking out to see what is new!

The Joliet Area Historical Museum recently acquired a 1928 Lincoln Highway marker, one of the ones the Boy Scouts erected. That was thanks to the work of John Weiss. It was unveiled on November 11th, 2006, coinciding with the 80th birthday of Route 66. Road Dog has a story about the events that day on the American Road Magazine messages Web site.

Lincoln Highway Online Newsletter

Russell Rein from Michigan writes a national online Lincoln Highway newsletter and he set up an account for Lincoln Highway on the American Roads Magazine Web site. That gives us a little free advertising. Anyway, to see the online newsletter and check out the messages about the Lincoln Highway, go to:

American Roads Lincoln Highway Messages


2007 Calendar

There are a lot of activities for 2007. Here are the ones that are known with links, although some of the Web sites do not have the 2007 activities calendars known yet:

March 10th, 2007: Franklin Grove Headquarters, Conference Committee at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Board Meeting, 12:30 p.m.

May 4th-5th: Dutch Days in Fulton

Tentative May 12th: Joint Membership Meeting with the Iowa Chapter in Franklin Grove (probably Saturday, May 12th. I am waiting for 100% confirmation with the folks in Iowa)

June 9th-10th: Ashton Summer Festival

June 18th-22nd: LHA National Conference in Fort Morgan, Colorado

Aug. 4th-5th: Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival

Aug. 9th-11th: Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale

Aug. 25th-27th: Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival in Rochelle

and at the same time, just a bit east of Rochelle is:

Aug. 25th-27th: DeKalb Corn Fest

There is interest in the group of folks meeting each other at these events. That would be fantastic!

Also, many of these events have parades and old car contests that are open for lots of people to participate.

Dixon has a Petunia Parade every year and Creston has a Booster Days Parade sometime every fall. If anyone knows the dates for those, please share them!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

April Membership Meeting

Don Larson gave an informative talk and presentation on the Lincoln Highway and DeKalb parks for the April 22nd membership meeting held in the Alumni and Visitors Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University. Your Illinois President Wayne Silvius and his lovely wife Esther attended and arrived in style!

2010 Conference

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Kay Shelton

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lincoln Highway Mural Dedication in Creston!

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th, there will be a new mural unveiling for the Lincoln Highway in Creston, Illinois at 10:00 a.m. The Village of Creston always has events on Memorial Day and this year, they celebrate their Sesquicentennial. So, there will be something special! First, at 10:00 a.m. there will be a Green Space dedication and right after that, there will be the Lincoln Highway Mural unveiling. It will be on the Fogleman Building and if I remember correctly, that building used to have a LH Mural on it.

See you there!

Kay Shelton

Saturday, February 18, 2006

April 22nd 2006 Event

Do not forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22nd!

The Lincoln Highway and Parks
Speaker: Don Larson
Saturday, April 22nd
1:30 p.m.
Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center
Sally Stevens Suite
231 N. Annie Glidden Rd.
Northern Illinois University Campus
DeKalb, Illinois
Just one block north of Lincoln Highway (Route 38)

Join the Illinois Lincoln Highway Association for a presentation by Don Larson on the history of the Lincoln Highway and parks, including the history of Annie's Woods, DeKalb's own link along this first transcontinental highway. Folks with vintage cars are welcome to bring them!

Those folks who would like to join us for lunch at Bakers' Square at noon before the presentation should RSVP to at least by around April 18th.

Following the lecture, there will be a membership meeting, goodies, and a drive to Annie's Woods, formerly an auto camp. There is one picture of the brand new building which just opened in October of 2005 in an online magazine:

There are other pictures of the insides of the building in that online magazine.


For those interested in the history of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University, or hard-core LH fans, there are a few pictures of the Lincoln Highway that only a few people have seen before inside the book called Castle on a Hill. That book can be located at: by searching under that title. The pictures of Lincoln Highway in that book are from the archives at Northern Illinois University.

Kay Shelton