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.
There will be an Ice Cream Social and an Antique Car Show on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Morrison’s Heritage Museum, 202 E. Lincolnway in Morrison, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, please see: Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show.
State Director’s Report for 2012-2013
This was a busy year. The first event after the Annual Conference in Canton, Ohio was the Lincoln Highway Parade in DeKalb, Illinois. I rode on the decorated truck sponsored by the DeKalb Area Women’s Center, which is a site for the annual Yard Sale.
Next up was the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival in Rochelle, Illinois:
For cities and businesses looking for Lincoln Highway banners and signs, they can be ordered from the Lincoln Highway Trading Post. Custom-made signs at reasonable prices are available, too! Franklin Grove has their light post signs up, just in time for the May 18th Second Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show.
For businesses, we will take sponsorships and advertising, at very, very reasonable prices! The month of August for the annual Buy-Way Yard Sale usually yields the most Website visits. Ask about sponsorships and advertising at: kayshelton[at]hotmail.com.
May 18 & 19
Driving Tour of the Lincoln Highway in Illinois and Other Events
Open to the Public!
The 100th Birthday of the Lincoln Highway will be celebrated in Illinois with a variety of events to fit any schedule and any budget!
There are four free events open to the public:
1.) Saturday, May 18th, 2nd Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show, Downtown Franklin Grove, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free! No registration required.
2.) Saturday, May 18th, The Lincoln Highway in Creston, Keynote Speaker, Lyle Headon, Creston Opera House, downtown Creston, 6:00 p.m. Free! No registration required.
3.) Saturday, May 18th, Lincoln Highway Evening Car Show, Downtown DeKalb, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Van Buer Plaza, parking lot across from the Egyptian Theatre, corner of N. 2nd St. and Locust. Free! Winners will be chosen by the audience and announced on stage at the Egyptian Theatre following the music concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.
4.) Sunday, May 19th, Book Talks and Signings, The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago by Cynthia Ogorek and The Boys in Chicago Heights: The Forgotten Crew of the Chicago Outfit by Matthew Luzi, 7:30 p.m., Frankfort Park District Founders Room, 140 Oak Street in Frankfort. Free! No registration required.
The 100th Birthday Bash at the Egyptian Theatre will feature the Irish-American band Switchback and Colleen’s School of Clogging & Celtic Dance from Sterling. There are discounted seats to premium seats up front. Alice Ramsey and Carl Fisher will be special guests and Ross Freier from Rochelle will narrate the history of the Lincoln Highway through the music of Switchback. The crowd-pleasing band MahaRa will open and they guarantee the audience will want to give them a standing ovation! This will be a family-friendly event. To order tickets just for the concert, go to the Egyptian Theatre’s Website here for Switchback in Concert.
Illinois Driving Tour, Reasonably Priced!
Hurry, register for dinner by May 1! Find the form as a PDF here: BirthdayBashRegistration
You can choose Saturday, or Sunday, or both depending on your schedule!
1913 Style Driving Tour of the Lincoln Highway in Illinois, $15, includes driving guide and tour of the Lincoln-Manahan Home in Sterling, leave your GPS at home!
The 2nd Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show will be held in Franklin Grove on Saturday, May 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is not too late to register on site for $12! Find the Website here and the registration form as a PDF.
Also, there will be a Lincoln Highway 100th Birthday Bash Car Show in DeKalb on the same day in DeKalb in the Frank Van Buer Plaza parking lot beginning at 6:00 p.m. The parking lot is across from the Egyptian Theatre on the corner of Locust Street and North 2nd Street, in the 200 block of Locust. The parking lot will be reserved beginning at 4:00 p.m. Registration for the 100th Birthday Bash Car Show will be free! The audience attending the Switchback / MahaRa concert at the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 p.m. will choose the winning entries! The winners will be announced on stage, immediately following the music.
Cars,trucks, and motorcycles of all years are welcome. Because Carl Fisher, the mastermind behind the Lincoln Highway, got his start racing, repairing, and selling bicycles, those are welcome, too! Click here for the DeKalb Car Show Registration Form. Registration for the DeKalb Car Show is free and on site.