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Preservation Efforts

Great News About the Luna Cafe Sign

Great news from Association President, Cathie Stevanovich:

We were notified that we received funds from the National Park Service Grant program for lighting the Luna! The approved funds were for the completion of the sign! Thanks for the encouragement of everyone and we look forward to more details soon!

Your Recipes Needed!

2nd CookbookCover.jpgWe hope you have enjoyed the two previous cookbook published by our Association's Cookbook Committee:

“We Work for Food”
“Recipes Along Route 66”

Our Cookbook Committee is now collecting NEW (never previously submitted) recipes to be included in our third cookbook!

Would you like your family favorites included?

Here's your chance to achieve recipe immortality - and on your way, help make our new cookbook as delicious as its predecessors!

RIP, Arthur Geisler

Arthur Geisler, the father of Jeff Geisler (a longtime member of our Association and an active member on the Preservation Committee) passed away on Sunday. Funeral arrangements have been set:

Visitation for Arthur Geisler
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
from 3:00 PM til 9:00 PM
Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home
2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue
North Riverside

Funeral for Arthur Geisler
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Concordia Luthern Church
3144 S. Home Avenue

Lying in state from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM
Interment will be private.

William Sanders of Sprague's Super Service Passes Away

Association President, Cathie Stevanovich has released the following statement:

We are saddened to report the passing of William "Bill" Sanders, owner of Sprague's Super Service in Normal, IL.

Bill and his wife, Terri Ryburn own the Sprague's Super Service in Normal, Illinois also known as 305 E. Pine, which was elected to the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

New Business Members Decal

Take a look at our spiffy new Business Member decal!

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New Business Members who join our Association in January 2011 and beyond will receive this decal to proudly display your support of the Mother Road.

Not a member yet? We'd love to have you join us in preserving, educating, promoting and enjoying Route 66 in Illinois!

Click for membership information.

As a perk of a Business Membership, we list your business in our online Business Directory.

Looking for Luna Cafe Photos

We need our members' and readers' help!

We need all the historical information and photos of the Luna cafe from 1924 up until about 1950 for a project the Illinois Association is working on with the Route 66 Association of Missouri and the Friends of the Mother Road.

Please dig deep and go thru your memorabilia! We are looking for photos of the Luna Cafe with a neon sign that fitted up at the top of the front gable that had a crescent moon between "Luna" and "Cafe." These photos may also show neon tubing on the eaves and roof!

Please forward any information you have to Jim Thole or Bob Gehl of the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee (Route 66 Association of Missouri).

Jim's email is 66thole@sbcglobal.net
Bob's email is rgehl66@earthlink.net

Bob Waldmire's Van Now on Display!

Bob's van on displayWe are thrilled to report that Bob Waldmire's van is officially on display at our Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, IL!

Some of our dedicated volunteers made a day of it at the Museum.

Click to see photos of their workday at the museum when they got the van ready for viewing in its new digs.

Route 66 Heritage Trail Wayside Exhibits Arrive in Pontiac

Here is how the press release from the City of Pontiac begins:

The City of Pontiac has taken delivery of the five Route 66 Heritage Trail wayside exhibits that will be installed at specific sites around the city. The Route 66 Heritage Trail exhibits are a project of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Commission and member Route 66 communities. The mission of the Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project is to enhance and promote economic opportunities for each Illinois Route 66 community by preserving Illinois Route 66 Heritage and by sustaining and increasing heritage and cultural tourism through the development and marketing of a cohesive Illinois Route 66 product.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Business Directory

We have created a page here on our website featuring those businesses that have joined our Association. As a benefit of business membership, all our businesses members are listed in our directory. Businesses are listed alphabetically by business name in the category or categories into which their business fits.

We hope you will take a look to see which businesses have chosen to assist us in our mission to preserve, educate, promote and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois. Please help us thank them for their support by patronizing their businesses!

Click to visit the Route 66 Association of Illinois Business Member Directory.

Route 66 Treasures Arrive at New Home!

It's finally here - the long awaited arrival of two exciting acquisitions to our Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame in Pontiac, IL!

This coming Sunday, September 26 is the day when Route 66 icon and artist, Bob Waldmire's, VW van and converted schoolbus will arive at our museum for eventual display! According to Association Treasurer, Marty Blitstein, who was instrumental in making these acquisitions come to fruition, it will be a couple more weeks before the van and bus will be available for viewing at the museum. First, the items need to be prepared for display.

Click to read our original announcement about these exciting acquisitions.

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

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Here's How!

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.