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July 2013

Fossil Hunting on Route 66

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

The towns of Braceville and Godley border one of the best areas for fossil hunting in the state. Collectors come from all around the country. This area is famous because it was here that the Tully Monster fossil was discovered. This long extinct creature is named for the man who found it in 1957, Francis Tully. The Tully Monster is also considered to be the official State of Illinois Fossil.

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A Route 66 Stamp is Being Considered by Congress

Our Association is full of people dedicated to doing important and exciting things on behalf of the Mother Road. Grundy County Representative Ike Widner has been in touch with the United States Postal Service about having a Route 66 commemorative postage stamp issued. Here's what Ike's been up to:

Ike writes:

Joliet Area Historical Museum Craft and Import Beer Tasting on the Rooftop

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

You're invited to the Craft & Import Beer Tasting Event on the Museum's spacious Outdoor Rooftop Terrace to sample a vast array of handcrafted premium and import beers and ciders from over 14 Craft Brewers.

204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432 (Cass & Ottawa)
Museum Outdoor Rooftop Terrace

To Register:
Go to
Call us at (815) 723-5201 ext.222


Lucille Pech of Atlanta has passed away

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An extraordinary woman, Lucille Pech, 95, of Atlanta passed away on Saturday, July 13th at her daughter's home.

Lucille was a wonderful woman and enthusiastic volunteer for the Atlanta, Illinois, community.

Lucille was quick-witted, charming, always helpful and she loved being involved and a part of the Atlanta community. Services for her will be on Tuesday, July 16th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, 202 NW Vine Street, Atlanta, Illinois 61723. The phone number of the funeral home is 217-648-2001.

Lucille worked at the Atlanta Museum as the curator. She was a founding member of the Logan County Tourism Bureau, member of the Friends of Historic Atlanta, Atlanta A-Team, Hawes Grain Elevator Society, Illinois General for Volunteerism, Atlanta Women's Club and the Route 66 Association of Illinois. She had volunteered at the New Salem State Park for 10 years.

Memorials may be made to the Lucille Pech Memorial Fund. Details will be posted later this week.

Cruise-In on the Route 66 Square - Carlinville, IL

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 7:30am

Come join us for an exciting day on Route 66 and the historic Town Square in Carlinville, IL Starting with a 5K run at 7:30 AM (pre-registration at, followed by the Cruise-In and car show, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors all welcome.

  • DJ and Live Entertainment.
  • '50s-'60s Dress Contest
  • Sidewalk sales
  • Tours of the "Million Dollar" Courthouse of 1870 from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM.
  • 50/50 drawing, multiple giveaways and cash prizes.

Cruise-In registration fee $10, car show (judging) fee $15.
All car event proceeds to benefit the Carlinville schools.

George Novak, Father of Association President, Cathie Stevanovich, has Passed Away

We are sad to report that George J. Novak, father of Association President Cathie Stevanovich, passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday, July 2nd.

Cathie writes:
George was born in Chicago on January 6th, 1923, and lived a full life. George was always a responsible guy, always the place where the “buck” stopped. He was married to his wife, Sylvia, approaching 63 years when she passed away in August of 2010. George spent the last 3 years missing her greatly. He was the father of 5, Cindie (Minnesota), the late Greg (Illinois), Cathie (Illinois), Jon Robert (Illinois), and Peg (Iowa). He was the proud grandfather of 10, and had 9 great grandchildren (+2 more due in the next few months!)

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