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The Illinois State Historical Society Officers

President: Rand Burnette, Jacksonville
President Pro Tem: David Scott, Springfield
Treasurer: John Howard, Mount Vernon

Directors

Terms Expire in 2002
Marvin W. Ehlers, Deerfleld
Arthur Mead Martin, Chicago
Craig L. Pfannkuche, Wonder Lake
Shirley J. Portwood, Godfrey

Terms Expire in 2003

Michael C. Batinski, Carbondale
Janet D. Cornelius, Penfield
Mary "Happy" Dean, Peoria
Francis Even, River Forest
Warren D. Winston, Pittsfield

Terms Expire in 2004
Norman C. Berger, Chicago
Timothy Draper, Sugar Grove
Mark Sorensen, Decatur
Patricia J. Walton, Hanover
Park John Week, Sycamore

Staff
Tom Teague, Executive Director
William Furry, Assistant Director
Sallie Brittin, Membership Secretary

Advisory Board 2001-2002
Leah J. Axelrod, Highland Park
Dave Bartlett, Park Forest
Herbert S. Channick, Rockford
Stephen Gharry, Oglesby
Charles A. Chapin, Chatham
Alberta Conover, Springfield
Dennis H. Cremin, Naperville
James Davis, Jacksonville
Larry A. Douglas, Belknap
Redd Griffin, Oak Park
Stuart R. Fliege, Springfield
Charlotte E. Johnson, Alton
Gerald Lee Gutek, LaGrange
Russell L. Lewis, Chicago
Barbara Mason, Springfield
Ellsworth Mills, Highland Park
John K. Notz, Chicago
Richard I. Pate, Danville
Kay Marie Rippelmeyer- Tippy, Pomona
Ron Vasile, Downers Grove
Ray Winters, La Grange
Muriel Braxton Wilson, Chicago

Living Past Presidents

Irving Dilliard, Collinsville
Alexander Summers, San Diego, CA
Doris P. Leonard, Princeton
Robert M. Sutton, Urbana
Gunnar Benson, Sterling
Donald F. Tingley, Savoy
Victor Hicken, Macomb
Katie Fiene Birchler, Chester
Samuel Lilly, Downers Grove
David J. Maurer, Charleston
Wilma Lund, Springfield
Patricia Wallace-Christian, Durham, CT
Mark A. Plummer, Normal
John T Trutter, Northfield
E. Duane Libert, Lerna
Raymond E. Hauser, St. Charles
Patricia Grimmer, Carbondale
John Power, Jacksonville
Robert J. Klaus, Chicago Michael J. McNerney, Carbondale Robert McColley, Urbana Barbara M. Posadas, DeKalb

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Departments

2 Presidents message

4 Letters

4 News

15 History online

22 From the archives

Features

6 Still Trucking

9 Dorothy's story

10 From Route 66 to the Indianapolis 500

13 100 years and growing

16 Prairie's path unearthed at Elkhart

17 Recent acquisitions

Reviews

18 The Mother Road - for loners

19 Fair enough

To our readers:

When I first began studying U.S. 66 in 1984, I wrote letters to the editors of all the newspapers along the route. Jenkin Lloyd Jones of the Tulsa Tribune not only published my letter, but sent me a personal response as well. It helps explain not only the enduring nostalgia of the road, but also its historical significance:

I started to drive 66 to the University of Wisconsin in 1929, and I cussed and loved itómostly cussed. Historians of the 26th Century should know that American kitsch and bad taste may have reached their height in 66's old alligator farms and "Indian" trading posts. But it did indeed span the nation, it gave birth to the motel age, and the winds that blew up its dust also blew up fundamental changes in America.

Tom Teague

Executive Director

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