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Route 66 Miles of Possibility
Second Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference | October 20-23, 2016 | Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
Hosted by McLean County Museum of History, 200 N Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Contact Terri Ryburn at or call 309-452-5325.

UPDATE - Registration is now active for the 2016 Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference.


The Second Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference will be held in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois this year from October 20-23. As with the inaugural event last year in Edwardsville, the conference will feature over thirty informative speakers covering a variety of topics related to Route 66. There will also be historical tours, a showing of the movie "Cars", music from local band Wagon Load a Trouble, and much more.

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The conference is chaired by local Route 66 preservationist, Terri Ryburn, who is in the process of restoring the famous Sprague Service Station in Normal. This incredible Route 66 attraction will also be featured during the event. Ryburn will also give a presentation during the conference. Follow our Facebook Page for updates!

Conference Supporters
Conference contributors include the City of Normal, the City of Bloomington, Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center, State Farm Bank and the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.

Conference Schedule


Thursday, October 20

7:00-9:00pm Registration, check in, and Hot Dog Roast
Anderson Park (Large Pavilion), 100 South Maple Street, Normal
FREE PARKING: Anderson Park lot

Friday, October 21

The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, 1601 Jumer Drive, Bloomington
9:15am-10:15am Welcome
Keynote Address- Cory Jobe, "Leveraging Tourism to Promote Economic Development"

Downtown Bloomington
10:45am-11:45am Rep. Tim Butler, "My Past, Present, and Future on Route 66"
10:45am-11:45am Fred Walk, "Preserving Towanda's Piece of the Mother Road"
10:45am-11:45am Deborah Carr Senger, "The Other Side of Historic Entertainment on Route 66"
10:45am-11:45am Will Krause, "Communicating Value: Route 66 and Heritage Tourism"

11:45am-1:15pm LUNCH ON OWN

1:15pm-2:15pm Frank Butterfield, "Place Matters: Historic Preservation as Economic Development
1:15pm-2:15pm Rob Dirks, "Route 66 Restaurants and their Attractions in McLean County, Illinois"
1:15pm-2:15pm Joel Baker, "Muffler Men: Giants of Industry"
1:15pm-2:15pm Bill Kemp, "Preserving the Past: Basic Tips on What to Collect and How to Preserve It"

2:30pm-3:30pm Ellie Alexander, "Enhancing Tourism's Potential"
2:30pm-3:30pm Cheryl Eichar Jett, "Writing Popular History"
2:30pm-3:30pm Cindi Fleischli, "Marketing Wine and Creating a Brand for Route 66"
2:30pm-3:30pm Herb Eaton, "Art and Inviting People: An artist's experience invigorating Route 66"

3:45pm-4:45pm Debby Funk, "Sweet Serendipity: Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup and Route 66"
3:45pm-4:45pm Dave Hoekstra, "A Route 66 Roadtrip: the Constancy of Change"
3:45pm-4:45pm Kaleigh Moore, "Leveraging Social Media for Route 66 Economic Development and Marketing"
3:45pm-4:45pm Tricia Stiller, Joe Tulley, "Event planning for Your Community"

Dinner and 90th birthday party for Route 66, Dance Party with Wagon Load a Trouble band

Dance party with
Wagon Load a Trouble (local band) at the Eagle's Club (free admission, dinner and beverage included)

Saturday, October 22

Downtown Bloomington
9:30am-10:30 Guy Fraker, Lincoln Expert, "Lincoln Rides the Eighth Judicial Circuit to the Presidency"
9:30am-10:30 Frank Norris, "Courageous Motorists: African American Pioneers on Route 66"
9:30am-10:30 Dan Bruce, "Market and Promote Your Route 66 Community/Business/Attraction"
9:30am-10:30 Nick Gerlich, "Preserving Route 66 in Photos and Video"

10:45am-11:45am Aimee Awonohopay, "American Indians and Route 66: Stories Untold"
10:45am-11:45am Geoff Ladd, "Saving and Restoring The Mill"
10:45am-11:45am Jerry McClanahan, "The Art of Preservation"


1:15pm-2:15pm Greg Koos, "Grids: Travel in a Prairie Place"
1:15pm-2:15pm Bill and Jane Diaz - "Public Art and the Walldogs"
1:15pm-2:15pm Anne Haaker, "Follow the Auburn Brick Road"

2:30pm-3:30pm John Weiss, "Preserving the Past for the Future"
2:30pm-3:30pm LaWanda Henry Matson, "Chester Henry: Illinois State Policeman to Route 66 Legend"
2:30pm-3:30pm Phyllis Grey, "Passing the Route 66 Torch: Igniting the Interest of Generations Beyond the Boomers"
2:30pm-3:30pm Jim Hinckley, "Route 66: Crossroads of the Past and Future"


UPTOWN NORMAL - Normal Theater, 209 W. North St., Normal
7:00pm-9:00pm Conference closing, movie
9:00pm-11:00pm Social hour following movie - Marriott Hotel, Uptown Normal

Sunday, October 23

10:00am-11:30am Haunted Route 66 Bloomington walking tour with Deborah Carr Senger
1:00pm-3:00pm Tenth anniversary showing of "Cars" movie at Normal Theater - NO RESERVATION NECESSARY
($5 admission to "Cars" by showing conference name tag)

Registration fee:  $100.
Reduced rate of $90 for Route 66 Association members.  One day rate:  $55.

Included in conference fee:
Hot dog roast, all conference sessions, dinner and dance party, Route 66 short film festival with free popcorn and drink. 

Conference Hotel:

The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, 1601 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, IL  61704.  Conference rate:  $85/night, plus 12% State and City tax.  Includes a complimentary hot breakfast.  To make reservations, call 309-662-2020 and mention "Route 66" special rate.  Reservation must be made by October 1st to get the conference rate.

2015 Miles of Possibility
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