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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 309-452-5325.
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.
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!
7:00-9:00pm Registration, check in, and Hot Dog Roast
Anderson Park (Large Pavilion), 100 South Maple Street,
FREE PARKING: Anderson Park lot
Friday, October 21
The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, 1601 Jumer Drive,
Keynote Address- Cory Jobe, "Leveraging Tourism to Promote
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
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
2:30pm-3:30pm Cheryl Eichar Jett, "Writing Popular
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
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
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
9:30am-10:30 Nick Gerlich, "Preserving Route 66 in Photos
10:45am-11:45am Aimee Awonohopay, "American Indians and
Route 66: Stories Untold"
10:45am-11:45am Geoff Ladd, "Saving and Restoring The
10:45am-11:45am Jerry McClanahan, "The Art of
LUNCH ON OWN
1:15pm-2:15pm Greg Koos, "Grids: Travel in a Prairie
1:15pm-2:15pm Bill and Jane Diaz - "Public Art and the
1:15pm-2:15pm Anne Haaker, "Follow the Auburn Brick Road"
2:30pm-3:30pm John Weiss, "Preserving the Past for the
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"
DINNER ON OWN
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
OPTIONAL - MAKE RESERVATION ON REGISTRATION
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
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.