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Preservation Efforts

Update and Reminder from Our Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Hi Folks,

So much is going on this spring. Lots of work has already been accomplished by so many wonderful volunteers. The Funk I-55 Rest Area is awesome. The Route 66 Museum is ready for visitors. But there is still more to do. So as a reminder, here is the updated list.

April 11th – Odell – 9:30 AM (Rain or Shine)

2015 Motor Tour: Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road!

Register now for our 2015 Motor Tour, Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road!

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The "Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road" Tour will be rolling along the Mother Road Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th, 2015. The Motor Tour is our Association's signature event; a three-day planned trip along Route 66 with other enthusiastic roadies to take in the sights and experiences the Mother Road offers here in Illinois.

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8th Annual Car Cruise-In & New Weekend Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln, IL

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd to providing the following press release to share:

8th Annual Car Cruise-In and New Weekend Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln, IL

This Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14th!

The public is welcome to check out The Mill Car Cruise-In this Saturday, September 13th from 1pm-4pm as part of a weekend of additional activities at the old historic restaurant located at 738 S. Washington in Lincoln, IL. The annual meeting of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, the group that owns the historic site, is also one of the last events of the season for, and co-sponsored by, The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club.

Special Offer to 25th Anniversary Motor Tour Participants!

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation takes many forms. It can be buildings, roads, signs, structures and objects. Preservation can also be stories and remembrances of people, places and things. Preservation is the heartbeat and soul of our Mother Road, Route 66.

This year the Preservation Committee is doing something that has never been done before and will never do again.

First, some information.This is the 25th Anniversary of the Route 66 Association of Illinois. As a result I wanted to do something pertaining to Preservation that would also commemorate this extraordinary accomplishment.


Strevell House Update

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following update on the historic Strevell House.

With thousands of volunteer man-hours and generous donations, the Livingston County Historical Society is slowly working towards its goal of preserving the Jason W. Strevell house in Pontiac, Illinois. The Strevell home is the last existing structure in the county known to have hosted the nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. According to the Livingston Historical Society president, Bob Sear, saving this home is one of the most important current projects of the historical society.

Preservation Meeting

Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss, has provided the following information about a Preservation meeting to be held:

Saturday, March 22, 2014
7:00 PM

Route 66 Family Restaurant
105 S Old Route 66
Dwight, IL 60420

Greetings Everybody,

Let’s get together for a fun meeting about our favorite subject, Preservation. So much has been accomplished since the Preservation Committee was formed in 1996. However our efforts and concerns are not finished. We have a lot to discuss and do.
Come and renew your friendships with like-minded people. Even if you are unable to participate in current projects at this time, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see you. We do!

Josh and Wendy Friedrich Enjoy the Relighting of the Vic Suhling Sign

Our destination was Litchfield, IL for the relighting ceremony of the Vic Suhling Gas For Less sign located in front of the Litchfield Route 66 Welcome Center and Museum. The sign had been dark for 40 years. It was a bit windy but the sky was a beautiful blue with a few white clouds.

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Bill Shea of Springfield Passes Away

We're sad to report that Bill Shea, of Shea's Gas Station Museum, World War II veteran and a great storyteller, has passed away.


Funeral arrangements have been finalized as follows:

Visitation will be at Kirlin Egan and Butler on Wednesday, December 18 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Funeral will be on Thursday, December 19 at 1:00 at Butler as well will burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Villa Angela, 715 N. 4th St. Springfield IL 62702.

New Dates for Hall of Fame Nominations Announced!

Please note that a new period for Hall of Fame nomination submissions has been implemented. The new Hall of Fame nomination period is between
October 1 and December 31, 2013.

What follows is the official Hall of Fame nomination information compiled by Kathy Miller, which succinctly and accurately details what is needed for nomination.


The Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Hall of Fame Nominations

The Route 66 Association of Illinois will begin seeking nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted from October 1st, until December 31st, 2013.

Please Help Save Historic St. Mary Carmelite Church on Route 66 in Joliet, IL

The following letter was written by Maria R. Traska, independent journalist, policy analyst and blogger. We wanted to bring the situation she mentions to your attention, considering this historic building is along Route 66.

The original plan for the preservation and repurposing of this church (as well as the timeline of its history) was posted last year here on this website in, The Bells of St. Mary’s: Another Rescue in the Making? written by local author and historian, Joseph D. Kubal.

Dear friend of historic preservation:

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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.