Summer 2014 Events!

May 17, Saturday: Lincoln Highway Car Show in Franklin Grove, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

May 17, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board Meeting, Franklin Grove, 12:00 p.m.

May 24, Saturday: The Lincoln Highway: The Main Street Across America, Clearing Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place, Chicago, 2:00 p.m.

May 27, Tuesday: Road Tripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads, Streator Public Library, Streator, 6:00 p.m.

May 29, Thursday: Road Tripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads, Huntley Area Public Library, Huntley, 6:30 p.m.

June 8, Sunday: 25th Annual Ashton Festival and Car Show

June 17 – 21: LHA Annual Conference, Tooele, Utah

July 2 – 6: Petunia Parade, Dixon, 50th Anniversary,

July 19, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove, 12:30 p.m.

July 25, Friday Evening: Kishwaukee Fest Parade, DeKalb, e-mail for an application

August 2, Saturday: 4th Annual Big Rig Show in Franklin Grove

August 7 – 9: Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, Lincoln Highway, West Virginia through Iowa, including Illinois

August 15 – 17: Annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival in Rochelle:

August 16, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove (meeting location possibly moved to Rochelle), 12:30 p.m.

August 19, Tuesday evening: Karl “Red Bird” Teller, Annual Hobo dinner, hobo stew, storytelling, and songs, Chaplin Creek, Franklin Grove: 815-456-3030

August 24, Sunday: Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva,

August 24, Sunday: Road Tripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads, Des Plaines History Center, 3:00 p.m.

August 29 – 30: Corn Fest, DeKalb, with Car Fest on Saturday, August 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,

September 13, Saturday: Mini-driving tour of Illinois and Jens Jensen documentary (and it is Jensen’s birthday!)

September 14, Sunday, 100th Anniversary of the First Seedling Mile in Malta, fly your flag!

September 20, Saturday: 2nd Annual Nash History Car Show, Sycamore

October 18, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove, 12:30 p.m.

October 31, 101th Anniversary of dedicating the Lincoln Highway for the American people in memory of Abraham Lincoln, fly your American flag, and tell your friends to fly theirs!

November 15, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove, 12:30 p.m.

December 12, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Christmas in the Grove, Franklin Grove, ask about the annual antique car raffle sponsored by Farming Heritage: 815-456-3030

Second Annual Nash Car Show, September 20th

On Saturday, September 20th, come to Sycamore, Illinois for the Second Annual Nash Car Show to be held at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St.

Nash, Hudson, Metropolitan, AMC, and Jeeps through 2006 are welcome to register for the show.

The public is welcome to see the cars and to hear about the amazing story of Charlie Nash, born near Cortland along what later became the Lincoln Highway, who worked himself up from unbelievable poverty to become the president of Buick, General Motors, and Nash Motors.

For more information, please see this PDF:


Coast-to-Coast Recognition Award


Lincoln Highway Association announces new award program recognizing completion of coast-to-coast travel over the Lincoln Highway.

The Board of Directors of the Lincoln Highway Association approved the initiation of a new recognition program called “The Coast-To-Coast Completion Award” at its Board Meeting on February 13, 2014. The new program provides a means for recognizing individuals who have
traveled the entire distance of the Lincoln Highway. A certificate of achievement and a commemorative pin will be issued by the LHA to those who qualify for the award based upon successful processing of the application form designed for this purpose.

Anyone who has traveled the entire route is eligible but are required to fill out the application form, which is below as a PDF or you can get one directly from committee chair John Jackson by emailing him at

There is no application fee or deadline for submission. As many applications as possible will be completed by the review committee in time to announce the names of recipients during the Annual Conference in Tooele, Utah the week of June 17 to 21, 2014.

Future applications can be submitted and awards issued at any time during the year but only those applications received by April 30th will be announced at each year’s Annual Conference.

Many Lincoln Highway enthusiasts have already completed the coast-to-coast travel. This is a significant achievement which warrants recognition in a special way through this program. The recognition program is also intended to inspire others to consider such an adventure as a way of enriching their Lincoln Highway experience.

Kay Shelton, President, LHA kayshelton [at]
John Jackson, At-Large Director #2, LHA (740) 990-9789

Recognition Award Short Form Application

Tucker #1008 Reunited with Original Owner

For the June 2013 Centennial Tour, Tucker #1008 joined the tour in Colo, Iowa and traveled to the Celebration in Kearney, Nebraska. Here is an interview with the car’s original owner:

Tucker #1008 in front of Niland's Cafe in Colo, Iowa during the 2013 Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour

Tucker #1008 in front of Niland’s Cafe in Colo, Iowa during the 2013 Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour

Annual Farming Heritage Antique Car Raffle

If you ever wanted to own an antique car, with some luck, you could win one for only $20!! Farming Heritage of Franklin Grove will have their drawing for a 1930 Model A on December 13, 2013. Farming Heritage restored and owns the H. I. Lincoln Building, which houses the Lincoln Highway Association’s National Tourism Headquarters. You can mail in your entry, but it does need to arrive in Franklin Grove before the December 13 drawing. Click here for a PDF of the entry form:

Antique Car Raffle

Dixon Proclamation

Thank you to everyone who displayed their American flags on October 31st to honor President Abraham Lincoln and the dedication of the Lincoln Highway in his memory. A big thank you goes out to the City of Dixon for their proclamation of October 31, 2013 as Lincoln Highway Day.

Dixon Proclamation

October 31, 2013


October 31, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Highway to Abraham Lincoln’s memory by the Lincoln Highway Association. On that day in 1913, towns along the Lincoln Highway celebrated with bonfires and decorating with red, white, and blue bunting, and American flags. To honor the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Highway Association’s dedication of the Lincoln Highway as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln for the people of the United States, fly your flag on October 31, 2013. Tell your neighbors to fly their flags on October 31, too. Maybe take some time out in between answering the door for Trick-or-Treaters to remember and think about our President Lincoln that day.