Lincoln Highway Association Seeks Memories, Art, and Photos



Contact: Kay Shelton, Illinois State Director
Lincoln Highway Association
1006 N. 15th St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-748-7211

Lincoln Highway Association Seeks Memories, Art, and Photos

As part of the 2010 Lincoln Highway Association’s Annual Conference in Dixon, Illinois, June 22 – June 26th, there will be a special exhibit of art and photographs related to the Lincoln Highway, Abraham Lincoln, Route 66, Dixie Highway, and Dixon’s former resident, Ronald Reagan. The Lincoln Highway is the world’s longest tribute to Abraham Lincoln, beginning in Times Square, New York City and ending in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Its visionary creator Carl Fisher (developer of the Indianapolis 500), also inspired the idea for the Dixie Highway, which connects Chicago to Miami. In eastern Illinois, the three great roads, Lincoln Highway, the Dixie Highway, and Route 66 crisscross each other like a triangle. Artists and photographers who have works on any of these subjects are cordially invited to show and/or sell their art in an exhibit to be held during the conference.

Started in 2008 at the Lincoln Highway Association’s annual conference in Evanston, Wyoming by Kell Brigan, an artist and Lincoln Highway Association member from California, Dixon will be the site of the 3rd Annual Art & Photo Show. This exhibit will be open to the public on Wednesday, June 23rd, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Loveland Community House, 513 W. 2nd St. Additionally, there will be a book room filled with Lincoln Highway books and memorabilia for sale. Artists and photographers who would like to display their works are encouraged to bring their own easels. An entry form for artists and photographers can be found at:

Also, area residents can share their memories about the Lincoln Highway in Illinois for a booklet that will be produced for the conference. In 1999, Sue Jacobson, long-time Lincoln Highway Association National Secretary, collected personal stories from people who lived around the Lincoln Highway in Illinois. Those stories are yet to be printed and after ten years, it is time to collect more memories about this wonderful road and share them! Those wishing to share their personal stories about the Lincoln Highway can write up to two pages and send them by Friday, May 21st, 2010. The cost of the booklet will be determined by its length. The booklet will be available at the 3rd Annual Art & Photo Show, Wednesday, June 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The address to submit stories is:

Kay Shelton, Illinois State Director
Lincoln Highway Memories
1006 N. 15th St.
DeKalb, IL 60115


Those sharing memories should include their name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, (if available).

For more information about the Lincoln Highway Association’s conference, please see:


(Maybe in ten or so years when the conference rotates back to Illinois there will be enough hotels rooms *not* next to the railroad tracks!)