May 18th & 19th 100th Birthday Bash Events!

Illinois Lincoln Highway Birthday Bash!
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.

John O'Halloran's 1948 Hudson in front of the Egyptian Theatre with 'Alice Ramsey'
John O’Halloran’s 1948 Hudson in front of the Egyptian Theatre with ‘Alice Ramsey’

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!

College Students Making Documentary about the Lincoln Highway

Two college students are just a little short of grant funds for their documentary which they plan to make this summer:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lincoln-highway-100th-anniversary-documentary

Radio Station’s Series on the Lincoln Highway

WNIJ broadcasting on FM 89.5 based out of DeKalb will be running a series on the Lincoln Highway called “Peddling the Lincoln Highway.” An English professor at Northern Illinois University is touring the Lincoln Highway in Illinois on his bicycle. The broadcasts will be at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 24-26. For anyone out of range of the FM station, check out the radio station’s Website, which has a link to audio:

http://northernpublicradio.org/post/author-previews-lincoln-highway-series

http://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/traveling-lincoln-highway-sporting-proposition

http://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/journey-pauses-vintage-gas-station

http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lincoln-highways-first-paved-mile

‘Carl Fisher’ Traveling to DeKalb on May 18

Actor Jeff Kuehl as Carl Fisher at the September 2012 Re-enactment of his speech in Indianapolis in which he first outlined his idea for the Lincoln Highway, originally the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway‘Carl Fisher’ will be traveling to DeKalb on May 18th as part of the Lincoln Highway Birthday Bash for the Switchback concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre. Carl Fisher will be portrayed by actor Jeff Kuehl. Carl Fisher will be portrayed by actor Jeff Kuehl

Actor Jeff Kuehl as Carl Fisher at the September 2012 Re-enactment of his speech in Indianapolis in which he first outlined his idea for the Lincoln Highway, originally the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.

Illinois Chapter Centennial Celebration

switchback-may18The Illinois Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will have its own Centennial Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, May 18th & 19th, with a series of events to fit any schedule! Attend both days or choose from events throughout either day.

Anyone is welcome to join us in this once-in-a-lifetime event! The public is very welcome to attend! Two events are free!!

Sign up now! Click here for the registration form:

Birthday Bash Registration

Events will include a road tour (1913 style–leave your GPS at home!) , and a fun birthday bash at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. that will be open to the public!

The road tour will include places not seen during the June 2010 LHA Annual Conference. See a detailed list of sights on the road tour below.

There is a block of hotel rooms reserved at the Best Western Inn & Suites DeKalb for Saturday, May 18 with a complimentary breakfast Sunday morning. For reservations at the discounted rate of $79, call the hotel directly at: 815-758-8661 by May 4 and mention the Lincoln Highway.

Carl Fisher and Alice Ramsey are coming in 2013. Will you be there, too?

Save the dates! May 18 & 19, 2013!!

Centennial Celebration

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