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New Junior Newsletter Webpage!

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Look up! Up in the menu along the top of our website! Click on the Junior Newsletter link to see the newest page on our site! There you'll see what we're now offering for the Young Roadies - their very own online newsletter, Adventure Journal. The premier issue is ready to read now with your Young Roadies. From this page, you'll be able to access each new issue as they are created, especially with the Mother Road's youngest fans in mind.

Strevell House Receives Donation

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share from the Livingston County Historical Society:

Livingston County Historical Society
115 West Howard Street
Pontiac, Illinois 61764

********** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **********

28 October 2011

Strevell House Receives Bryne Trust Donation

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(Left to Right) Thomas Ewing (Chairman – Strevell House Committee), Bob Sear (LCHS President), Louis Lyons (Bryne Trust Trustee), Donovan Gardner (Strevell House committee member)

Pontiac Oakland Museum's Exciting Acquisition

Thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following information for us to share.

Pontiac racer.jpgThe Pontiac-Oakland Museum & Resource Center, 205 N. Mill St. Pontiac, Illinois has announced that a very special automobile related to Pontiac history will go on display in the museum. The car is the earliest known Pontiac race car, successfully competing for the first time in August 1926, Pontiac's introduction year. This one-of-a-kind Pontiac will be delivered to the museum by the owners, Arnold & Lois Landvoigt, of Savage, Maryland on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:30pm. Anyone wishing to see and hear the car run should come to the museum at that time. The Landvoigts are leaving the car to be displayed at the museum for nearly a year.

Luna Cafe Sign to be Relighted!

We thank Jim Thole for providing the following information about the relighting of the neon Luna Cafe sign!

luna photo.jpgGreetings to all of you Illinois Route 66 Association Board Members!

Folks, you don't want to miss this one!

Please join your fellow roadies on Saturday evening October 22, 2011 for the special relighting event of the classic neon sign at the historic Luna Cafe in Mitchell, Illinois.

Please find attached for your reference and review the official announcement that I sent to various media sources.

Spooky Fun Along Route 66

In the "spirit" of the Halloween season, we'd like to bring some spooky fun along Route 66 to your attention.

Spirits of Tours/Timeless Presentations bill themselves as, "The" Central Illinois Historic Entertainment Company. We bring history ALIVE!"

In fact, they're having an event this Saturday, October 8th at The Mill in Lincoln, IL:

SAT 10/08: THE MILL LIVE! GHOST INVESTIGATION! In Lincoln IL! Join the Spirits of Bloomington team as we return to an old haunt. Who has been disturbed during the renovation? 9:30pm $20

Check out their website and their Calendar of Events for some Halloween frights and fun.

Workday at the Mill Scheduled

We thank John Weiss for the following announcement:

Attention all Route 66 volunteers. There is a work day scheduled on October 15th, 2011 at the historic Mill in Lincoln, Illinois at 9:30 AM. The motto for Illinois Preservation members is, "We work for food". So the famous Schnitzel sandwiches will be served. That's better then money!!!!!

For more information - John Weiss - 815-458-6616

Tickets for Vermillion Players' Musical Revues Now on Sale

Thanks to Pontiac Tourism for supplying us with the following press release:

Tickets for the November 25, 26, and 27 “Dinner and a Show” performances by the Vermillion Players went on sale today at Pontiac City Hall. All shows will be staged at the Pontiac Elks Lodge, #1019, located west of Pontiac on Route 116. Ticket prices for the Friday and Saturday dinner shows are set at $25 per person. On Sunday, a dessert buffet will be served during the intermission of the show and tickets are $15 per person. The November shows are a collaborative effort with Vermillion Players, the Pontiac Dancenter, and Pontiac Tourism working together.

Yost House Recognizes Volunteers' Contributions

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share.

The Livingston County Historical Society’s Catharine V. Yost Museum and Art Center Steering Committee held an Appreciation Reception for volunteers on Sunday, September 18th at the home of Tom and Connie Ewing. At the reception, the committee paid tribute to the many local volunteers who have played a role in the management of the historic home, and served as docents for the many tours given in the last twelve months.

Strevell House Needs Donations to Finish Work for 2011

We thank Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release about the Strevell House Progress.

strevell house Rendering by Joseph Diaz.jpgProgress on the exterior restoration of the Jason W. Strevell house has now reached a critical point. Plans were to have the windows and doors refinished, the front porch replaced, the foundation repaired, and the exterior walls painted by the end of this year. As of today, all of that work has been done and paid for except for the paint preparation and application. According to Tom Ewing, Chair of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Strevell House Committee, progress cannot continue until additional funds are raised.

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