Route 66 Association of Ill. Hall of Fame banquet here June 11
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[January 21, 2011]
This looks to be another
exciting year for Logan County and Route 66. The Route 66 Heritage
Foundation of Logan County is busy, along with the Abraham Lincoln
Tourism Bureau of Logan County, in promoting Route 66 in grand style
The tourism bureau announces that the Route 66 Association of
Illinois Hall of Fame banquet will return to Lincoln on June 11. The
event will be hosted at Lincoln College in their new Lincoln Center.
This several-hundred-member statewide organization will celebrate
Route 66 with a special tribute to the late famed Route 66 artist
Bob Waldmire, as well as enjoying Lincoln and Logan County, which
includes a vast amount of Route 66 history along a 37-mile stretch
of the Mother Road.
As previously announced, the Route 66 Heritage
Foundation of Logan County has decided to once again host the annual
Route 66 Garage Sale. Without project manager Bruce Huskins, who had
stepped down after the 2010 event, the future of the sale was
unknown. But after careful consideration Geoff Ladd stepped up to
manage the project that is now booked for May 13 and 14 with some
changes in store. All proceeds from this countywide event go toward
the restoration of The Mill.
The Route 66 Heritage Foundation hustled to finish up a National
Park Service grant in 2010 that helped fund some major repairs at
The Mill. Windows, electrical service and foundation repairs, along
with a newly refurbished floor, were just some of the work done to
help move The Mill one step closer to opening as a museum this year.
Local help, teamed up with many members of the Route 66 Association
of Illinois, were hard at work to meet the grant deadlines. The
group continues to deal with the challenge of funding issues but
makes up for it with diligence and hard work aimed at seeing the
Route 66 icon opened up as a museum that will house Route 66 history
in Logan County.
This extensive amount of work could not have occurred without
also a generous grant from The Danner Trust and an extremely
generous donation from local philanthropist Larry Van Bibber.
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The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County was formed with the
intention of bringing together community members who are passionate
about Route 66 and its history in Logan County. It is a group that
is always accepting new members and volunteers. For more information
on these events or how you can get involved, call 217-732-8687.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of