Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
Deanna Demuzio was elected mayor of Carlinville in 2013. She is
is a former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate. She
represented the 49th District from 2004 through 2010. In May
2004, she was appointed to the Illinois State Senate following
the death of her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Vince
Demuzio. She was born in Gillespie, Illinois.
Dr. Jennifer Braaten
Interim President at Blackburn College
Dr. Jennifer Braaten, interim president at
Blackburn College, was most recently president of Ferrum
College, in Ferrum, Virginia, for fifteen years. She has been
successful in advancement work, completing two capital campaigns
totaling $50 million, and led Ferrum in several building
projects. She was also involved in enhancing academic
offerings and enrollment initiatives, as well as completing
multiple economic development initiatives.
A native of Minnesota, Braaten received her Ed.D, With High
Distinction, from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
and amassed a successful career in education, first as a teacher
and later in administration work. She was Academic Dean and
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lynn University,
Boca Raton, Florida; and president of Midland Lutheran College,
Fremont, Nebraska, before assuming her position at Ferrum
President and CEO at Great Rivers & Routes Tourism
Brett Stawar is president and CEO of the Great Rivers &
Routes Tourism Bureau (formerly Alton Regional Convention &
Visitors Bureau) since 2004, which works for the vested
interests of hospitality partners in Madison, Jersey, Calhoun
and Macoupin counties. Founded in 1985, the bureau was
established to educate visitors about the many attractions the
region has to offer by providing information regarding the
area's history, unique landmarks, recreational opportunities,
leisure attractions, special events and scenic marvels. Under
Stawar's leadership, the bureau has won numerous marketing
awards over the last several years. Stawar is also an adjunct
professor at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Roamin' Rich Dinkela
Explorer, advocate, publicist, guide, businessman
The Business of Saving Route 66
Roamin’ Rich has been a strong advocate and publicist
for any and all things about the community of Route 66 and other
old US highways. His mission is to appeal to as many people he
can all over the world. He wants to expose the world to the
iconic landmarks, people, buildings, historic infrastructure,
and the diverse culture that reside along the old US highways
all across this great country.
Roamin’ Rich has sponsored the creation of several Route 66
websites offering to serve tourists, explorers, and the
community with a heightened, gratifying experience. Many of
Roamin’ Rich’s works have been highlighted throughout local
newspapers, TV news reports, written articles, books, and
YouTube videos. More information can be found at www.hookedonroute66.com.
Main Street of America
140 Years of Adventure: With the
introduction of Adventure Cycling Associations Route 66 maps
and tours the legendary highway had come full circle.
Bicycling, bicyclists, and bicycle enthusiasts are the
foundation for iconic Route 66.
In this fast paced, fun and informative presentation author
Jim Hinckley chronicles the origins, history and evolution of
Route 66 from the bicycle mania of the late 19th century that
spawned the good roads movement to the dawning of the American
auto industry, headline grabbing adventures on the National
Old Trails Road, the creation of the U.S. highway system, and
the evolution of a highway into an internationally recognized
icon. As with Route 66, this presentation is a grand
In this fun filled journey through time we meet the Wright
Brothers and Albert Champion, bicyclists that changed the
world, and watch the automobile evolve from circus side show
curiosity to multimillion dollar business. We follow the
exploits of Ezra Meeker, the pioneer that traveled the Oregon
Trail by Ox cart and that helped build the first service
station on the National Old Trails Road in the Cajon Pass. We
travel west with Edsel Ford and Emily Post, watch marketing
transform a highway into a destination, and experience the
thrill of renaissance.
Through the publication of 19 books, countless feature
articles for various publications, and presentations made
internationally, author Jim Hinckley has shared his passion
for travel, the people met along the way that make the
adventures memorable, automotive history, and a lifelong
association with Route 66. With the launch of Jim Hinckley’s
America, he began encouraging people to travel and explore
through a multifaceted platform that includes books,
interviews, a blog, a Facebook page and group, a YouTube
channel, presentations, Facebook live programs, a travel
planning service, podcast, and work as a tourism development
consultant for businesses and communities.
Nick Gerlich, PhD
Social Media and Route 66: People, Places, Events,
Nick Gerlich, PhD, is Hickman Professor of Marketing at West
Texas A&M University in Canyon, where he has taught since
1989. His areas of expertise are e-commerce, crisis
communication, and consumer behavior. He has been an avid Route
66 researcher for the last decade, photo-documenting the
evolution of the road as well as the shrinking number of neon
signs along its expanse. Nick is co-author of the forthcoming
(2019) book "A Matter Of Time: Route 66 Through The Lens of
Change" with Ellen Klinkel, and writes for ROUTE Magazine and
New Mexico Route 66 Magazine. In 2018 he became part of the
ownership group dedicated to preserving the historic Painted
Desert Trading Post along Route 66 in Arizona, and recently
launched his business offering prints of his extensive
photographic collection. He wrote and appeared in four
documentaries in the Unoccupied Route 66 series. Nick lives near
Canyon Texas with his wife, Deanna, and his two daughters. He
can be found on social media @nickgerlich and at nickgerlich.com.
Route 66 has
truly become an International Highway, connecting travelers
from across the globe to its "more than two thousand" miles of
small town and big city America.
Route 66 author and artist Jerry McClanahan has the honor of
meeting hundreds of foreign tourists each year at his gallery
just off 66 in Chandler, OK. An often repeated comment
is, "We can't believe how friendly the people we meet along 66
are!" They come to the USA with preconceived notions, and are
blown away by the warm welcome they receive. The people that
live and work along the Mother Road serve as ambassadors for
the heartland of America to the world.
The road goes two ways. These visitors provide a vital source
of life to the old highway and its people. Foreign guests make
up a large percentage of Route 66 tourists each year, and are
vital to its continued growth.
Jerry will draw from his personal experience with the
international aspect of Route 66 to illustrate the road’s (and
its people's) influence.As an example of cultural exchange
enabled by Route 66, Jerry met and married Mariko Kusakabe,
formerly of Fukuoka, Japan, who bought his EZ 66 Guidebook in
2010 on one of her many solo 66 trips.
Jerry McClanahan's fascination with Route 66 dates back to
family summer vacations during the Sixties. The interstate
highway system had all but taken over by 1981, when he began
photographing and researching what was left of the old
highway. Jerry began painting and writing about Route 66 full
time in the early Nineties, and his award-winning work has
been exhibited in shows across the country, both on and off
the route, being found in private and corporate collections in
this country and abroad.
Jerry has written extensively for the Route 66 Federation
News, American Road and Route 66 Magazine. His articles
uncovered many miles of “lost” and forgotten sections of Route
66, such as the Jericho Gap in Texas and the abandoned
alignments of the Santa Fe Loop, as well as giving honor to
many Route 66 personalities and businesses.
His acclaimed "EZ 66 Guide" (published by the National
Historic Route 66 Federation, www.national66.org, since 2005
and now in the fourth edition) has helped thousands of
travelers the world over discover the excitement of Route 66,
as has the 8-state set of Route 66 maps co-created with
Oklahoma Route 66 guru Jim Ross, in print (with revisions)
2011 brought the publication of Route 66 Sightings, a
photography tour-de-route with Jim Ross and Shellee Graham.
Jerry’s Route 66 artwork and photos have appeared here and
abroad in many books, and in periodicals as diverse as
Historic Traveler, Popular Mechanics, and Playboy of Brazil.
Besides painting Route 66 scenes of his own choosing, Jerry
also enjoys creating specially commissioned artwork featuring
collectors’ cars in Route 66 settings. He has established an
online gallery, www.mcjerry66.com,
as well as McJerry’s Route 66 Gallery at 306 Manvel (a half
block off 66) in Chandler, Oklahoma, where he and Mariko enjoy
meeting with tourists from all over the world.
Cheryl Eichar Jett
Route 66 Author
Writing Women into Route 66
Cheryl will share stories of women who blazed
trails in traditionally-male careers, “moms” in mom and pop
businesses along the route, and female adventurers and
entrepreneurs. She'll discuss how various women made their mark
on Route 66, why it matters, and how Route 66 women's history is
Cheryl is the author of six books published by Arcadia
Publishing and is currently working on two book projects for
other publishers. A regular contributor to The Prairie Land
Buzz, Show Me Route 66, and The 66 News,
she has also been published in Illinois Heritage
(Illinois State Historical Society), Forum Journal
(National Trust for Historic Preservation), local newspapers,
and online magazines. She has received several awards in the
past year for her short fiction. Her one-act play about the
lives and work of women along Historic Route 66 will premiere at
this year's conference.
Cheryl has lived near Illinois Route 66 most of her life. She
has worked as a bookkeeper, music teacher, musician, grant
writer, and nonprofit executive director. She holds
undergraduate and master's degrees in history from Southern
Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). For her thesis, Southwestern
Indian Women in World War II, she interviewed elders in
the pueblos of New Mexico. She often presents programs in
Illinois on Route 66, local history, and writing topics. In
2002, she was invited to present a program based on her thesis
research for the Los Alamos (NM) Historical Society.
In 2000, Cheryl was a founding board member of the Illinois
Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. Currently, she serves
on the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway board of directors, as
President of the (Illinois Route 66) Blue Carpet Corridor
Coalition, and on the advisory council for the Center for
Spirituality and Sustainability (a Buckminster Fuller-designed
geo-dome) at SIUE. In 2015, she served as director for the first
Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference, and is back again this
year playing a major role in the 4th Annual Conference.
Route 66 Author
Route 66 Then & Now
Joe Sonderman's newest book, "Route 66: Then and Now," is a
feast for the eyes with beautiful full-color “now” photographs
contrasted with vintage shots of iconic Route 66 sites. Within
the pages of the book, and in his presentation for this year's
Miles of Possibility, Joe takes a look back at the history and
evolution of dozens of Route 66 sites. This program offers a
retrospective of some of the most iconic spots along the Mother
Road, told through photos and stories.
Joe Sonderman is a Route 66 historian, collector, and author
with more than a dozen books to his credit, most of them on
Route 66 history. He is also editor of the Route 66 Association
of Missouri's quarterly magazine, Show Me Route 66, for which he
writes many articles, and is also a regular contributor to the
international publication, Route 66 magazine. Joe is an avid
collector of Route 66 postcards and photos, with thousands of
his images available to view on his website www.66postcards.com.
Light Down Route 66
David will discuss his creative process for making
photographs on the Mother Road. Topics will include: light
compositional guides, time of day, weather planning, speed of
travel, helpful smartphone apps, and Q&A.
David is the owner of David Schwartz Photography and maintains a
fine art photography gallery at the studio in the Little Italy
section of Cleveland, Ohio. Fine artworks include a massive
collection of documentation of Route 66 called "Pics On Route
66", which David has been actively pursuing for over 10 years. More information can be
found on David's website at www.davidschwartzphoto.com.
Assistant Director for the Illinois Route 66 Scenic
Paranormal Evidence In
Lincoln/Logan County, IL
Geoff formed a non-profit
organization in 2006 to save and restore The Mill restaurant
in Lincoln, Illinois, at the urging of Ernie Edwards of Pig
Hip Restaurant fame. The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of
Logan County was able to save this historic landmark located
along the original alignment of Route 66 in Lincoln, and in
2017, was opened as a Route 66 museum and souvenir shop.
Geoff has a background in professional videography and
photography. He has been a journalist and radio personality.
He has Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and
communications (broadcasting emphasis). His hobbies include
being an aficionado of rock music and an amateur paranormal
investigator. He will share some of his insights and
personal experiences with the paranormal, particularly in
Lincoln, Illinois where he resides. There will also be an
update on The Mill Museum.
Children's Books Author
Route 66 With Kids and Annie Mouse
Anne M. Slanina, Ph.D. is the
author of The Adventures of Annie Mouse series of children’s
books and an early childhood professor at Slippery Rock
University of Pennsylvania. As an avid Route 66
enthusiast, she “hits the road” during semester breaks and
has traveled the route every year since 2006. These
annual trips have provided the inspiration for several of
her children’s books including: Annie Mouse’s Second Route
66 Photo Journal: The Journey East, Annie Mouse’s Route 66
Adventure: A Photo Journal, Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Family
Vacation, and The Adventures of Annie Mouse: The Coloring
Book. To see a complete list of Anne’s books, check
out her web site at: www.anniemousebooks.com.
Windy City Road Warrior
Ghost Roads of Illinois:
Route 66 and More
Since 2006, David Clark,
the Windy City Road Warrior, has presented PowerPoint programs
on dozens of historic subjects, including Route 66, the Lincoln
Highway, Chicago Railroad stations, the I&M Canal, Al
Capone, and the Illinois legacy of infamous politicians. At the
Carlinville Miles of Possibility conference, Dave will be taking
us on a journey down the Ghost Roads of Illinois: Route 66 and
More. In this Illinois Bicentennial year, we will discover the
Spirit of the state’s history through some of its oldest
pathways, where some of our most infamous forbears had their
hideouts and haunts. We will examine legends of the paranormal
and sightings of ghostly apparitions and the unexplained on back
roads and city streets. And we will explore some true “ghost
roads,” paths that once led travelers on their Illinois
journeys, but are now near-forgotten roads to nowhere.
Dave is the author of "Exploring Route 66 in Chicagoland," the
award-winning book “that remains the definitive work about the
Windy City and Route 66” according to route66news.com. His book
for Arcadia Publishing, Images of America: Route 66 in Chicago
won first place in the Illinois Women’s Press Association (IWPA)
communications contest. The IWPA also honored his book, The
Roads that Lead to Lincoln, a guide to historic Lincoln sites
located near three Illinois Scenic Byways: Route 66, the Great
River Road, and the Lincoln Highway.
Dave has written dozens of articles for many publications
including Route 66 Magazine, the National Historic Route 66
Federation News, and American Road. He is a co-author working on
the soon-to-be-published Curious Traveler’s Guide to Route 66 in
Metro Chicago. Also in the works is a memoir, Zeno’s Motel and
Paradox: Quantum Leaps on the Journey to Recovery on Route 66.
Serialized installments from the memoir are currently appearing
in the Federation News under the title “A Detour Set in Stone.”
Dave is a member of the Chicago Tour Professionals Assocation
(CTPA), and he guides Chicago visitors on walking tours that
explore and examine the city’s rich history. Tour themes include
the beginning of Route 66, Chicago architecture, railroads,
public art, and mob haunts. As a step-on guide, Dave provides
narration and interpretation on driving tours in partnership
with InSites To Go. Join them on Sunday October 28th after the
Miles of Possibility for a 3-hour tour starting and ending in
Miners, Mobsters, and the
Mother Road: Macoupin County on Route 66
Andrea Duncan will share
with conference attendees all that Macoupin County has to offer
Route 66 visitors. She has given this popular presentation
at county and district-wide conferences. The Blue Carpet
Corridor slogan “Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road”
highlights the history of Macoupin County. Andrea has
taken her passion for photography to develop a slide show which
will give a glimpse into the history of the attractions along
Route 66, starting in Virden and traveling south to
Staunton. From the labor movement to a million dollar
scandal to quirky family fun, Macoupin County has something to
offer every Route 66 traveler.
Born and raised in Macoupin County, Andrea Duncan comes from
coal mining and farming families, the county’s main
industries. After retiring from teaching in 2010, Andrea
joined the Carlinville Tourism Committee where she was able to
share her love of Macoupin County history with all who want to
learn. Her passion is the Macoupin County’s “Million
Dollar Courthouse” and she has given numerous tours over the
Exhibit – Route 66: Main Street through St. Louis
This presentation will
take a look back at the exhibition on Route 66 that was
installed at the History Museum from June 2016 through July
2017. Before it was installed, the exhibit was named as one of
the top 100 places to see in North America in 2016. The exhibit
was the 2nd most visited exhibit in the museum’s history. It was
recognized by Explore St. Louis and named one of the favorite
exhibits in 2017 by the Riverfront Times.
Lisa Hicks Snell
American Indian Tribes and Route 66 for the Cultural
More than half of Route 66
lies in Indian Country—roughly 1,372 miles. The American Indians
& Route 66 project and book seeks to introduce the tribes
living along the route. We seek to inform and to point the way
to genuine cultural experiences all along Route 66—from Chicago
American Indians & Route 66 was written, photographed and
designed by Lisa Hicks Snell, Cherokee. She is the publisher and
editor of the Native American Times, an American Indian news and
features website (www.nativetimes.com).
She also publishes and edits Native Oklahoma, a monthly arts and
culture magazine devoted to Oklahoma tribal communities (www.nativeoklahoma.us).
Over the course of her career, she has won numerous Native Media
awards through the Native American Journalists Association for
her work, including ‘Best Magazine’ for her debut of Native
Oklahoma in 2011.
The Road Ahead
Join Bill Thomas, Chairman
of the Rt. 66 Road Ahead Partnership, for an Update on the
current goals and work of this organization. Information will be
shared regarding efforts current efforts of the group's
Preservation Working Group, Economic Development Working Group,
Promotion Working Group, State Rt. 66 Advocacy Working Working
Group, as well as an update on the recent "Preserve Rt. 66"
cross-country caravan in support of the effort to designate Rt.
66 a National Historic Trail. Reports will also be given on work
being done by the Road Ahead's International Advisory Group and
its Tribal Advisory Group. Finally, two new Task Force groups
will also be announced, one focusing on Rt. 66 vintage motels
and one on the Green Book. Time will be allowed for Q/A.
Tom Emery is a freelance writer and historical researcher from
Carlinville, Illinois, who has created twenty-eight book and
booklet titles, including his most recent ones, The History of
Illinois, which he released in December, and Notable Women of
Illinois History, released in March.
Other notable works include his popular 2014 compilation,The
Civil War in Illinois, as well as The Illinois State Library
Heritage Project 1839-2013, which produced a coffee table book
and user-friendly website on the history of the Illinois State
Library in Springfield. His articles have appeared in over 100
newspapers, and he has appeared in libraries and civic groups
around the region on his historical research.
His research interests are Lincoln, the Civil War in the
Trans-Mississippi theater, and Midwestern history. Emery has won
eleven awards from the Illinois State Historical Society and is
continuing his work on a full-length anthology of the major
Civil War battles of Missouri.
County/Carlinville Local History
Carlinville on the Eve of the Civil War
Dan Hauter is a life member of both the Macoupin County
Historical Society and the Macoupin Agricultural Antique
Association, having joined both organizations in 1998.
Dan's mother, Pat Hauter, is a charter member of the historical
society. Dan is in his 8th year as president of the
historical society and is vice president of the "tractor
President, Tourism - Carlinville Chamber of Commerce
As US Army
Active Duty Veteran, earning the Humanitarian Service Medal
and Three Army Commendation Medals, Deb Young understands
the importance of attention-to-detail, service and sacrifice
for our country and our communities. Bringing more than 20
years of television and multimedia management experience
with a Masters Degree in Education specializing in human
services management, and additional 15 years as professor of
educational technologies with Doctoral Degree in Management
and Administration, specializing in digital and electronic
communication and education, Deb encourages young people to
realize their dreams through knowledge, hands-on approaches,
research, and reading. Deborah's background includes hosting
a live television interview show broadcast throughout Europe
during the 1980s, hanging from helicopters shooting
videotape (without a harness!), publishing four-color press
magazines on management best practices, and earning The Emmy
for writing and production of a television documentary about
Historic Carlinville Tour
Deborah Young, President,
Carlinville Tourism, will present information about Carlinville
Historical Sites and promoting Route 66 Tourism, including:
The Standard Addition—During a housing crisis in
Carlinville in 1917, officials needed to find places for people
to live. The solution was found in the Sears and Roebuck
catalog. The town now has one of the largest collections
of these Sears Homes in one neighborhood. Out of the
original 156 ordered and assembled homes, 152 are still standing
Carlinville Historic District—This district encompasses
340 acres of the town. Built in 1825, the preserved
downtown is an example of the architecture and the
community. The area is found between Oak, Mulberry,
Morgan, and East Street within the city limits.
Picturesque Town Square—With buildings dating back to the
early 1800s, the town square is the crown jewel of the large
historic district that has been on the National Register of
Historic Places in Illinois since 1976. Dine and shop
where Lincoln once walked, with brick-paved streets and
Victorian cast-iron storefronts. It is the only Town
Square on Route 66 that allows you to drive completely around
and today provides access to two major state highways.
Macoupin County Historical Museum—Located inside the old
residence of John C. Anderson, built in 1883, this museum was
added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1992.
Macoupin County Courthouse—This Carlinville landmark
was once one of the largest courthouses in the United
States. Construction costs of more than $1,300,000 caused
the work to be halted and stopped in 1867, before full
construction was completed, due to this large sum of money at
Step-on Bus Tours—Tours of Carlinville, Courthouse, Sears Homes,
and Historical Society Museum are available by contacting CarlinvilleTours@gmail.com. More information at www.carlinville.com/historical-carlinville.
Aprons Away: Women's Work on the
"Aprons Away: Women's Work on the Mother Road," a new
one-act play written and directed by Route 66 author/historian
Cheryl Eichar Jett, will premiere Saturday, October 27, at
3:15 pm in Bothwell Auditorium on the Blackburn College
campus. The 45-minute play will serve as the final session of
the conference. If you are registered for the conference, your
play ticket is included with your registration. If you're just
attending the play or need extra tickets for friends or
family, you can purchase tickets at $10 each on the
registration link or at the door. Actors portraying women from
the historic Route 66 era include: Sarah Chapman-Wiser
(Edwardsville), Cindy Conner (Gillespie), Darla Hoffmann
(Edwardsville), Marilyn Kinsella (Fairview Heights), Kathy
Metzger (Edwardsville), Elizabeth Olwig (St. Louis), and Casey
Sarah Chapman-Wiser will play
the roles of Hazel Funk Holmes and Juli Lynn Charlot.
Sarah Chapman-Wiser teaches
language arts in 8th grade at Coolidge Junior High in Granite
City. She is passionate about musicals and
performing. Sarah began her theatrical debut in 2013 and
has continued to perform ever since that magical time.
Before Aprons Away, Sarah was in the God’s Favorite, a Neil
Simon play, with Curtain’s Up Theater at the Alton Little
Theater. She would like to Cheryl Eichar Jett for giving her
this opportunity. She would also like to thank her
husband, John Wiser, for supporting her love for theater and
her mother, Judy Chapman, as her inspiration.
Cindy Conner will be playing the
roles of Florence Owens Thompson and Lucia Rodriguez.
My name is Cindy Conner. I am
honored to be representing these wonderful, strong, and
beautiful women. Being Part Cherokee myself and having my own
struggles, it is important for me to honor my ancestors, not
only through my DNA, but also in being a woman. My parents
drove on Route 66 on their honeymoon in 1957. I have always
been interested in finding out the back story to that stretch
of road. Now being able to be a part of this storytelling, I
hope to bring truth to the characters.
Kathy Metzger will be playing
the roles of Lucille Hamons and Lillian Burton.
Kathy Metzger, of Edwardsville,
is extremely proud to be portraying strong women of Route 66
in two roles in Aprons Away. She has been to a few landmarks
on Route 66 but after doing this play, she knows that many
future travels will be on this iconic road. She enjoys walking
on the Madison County Trails and is very involved with the
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Kathy has enjoyed playing several roles in various local
productions, including: a fighting fox in The Lion, The
Witch, and The Wardrobe; the family maid in Cheaper by the
Dozen; and a sister in Nunsense. She likes to depict strong
women and acted in another women-empowering play, The Vagina
Monologues, at McKendree University. Kathy would like to thank
her co-actors for all the laughter and fun, and Cheryl Jett,
the writer, for a wonderful script and for educating her about
the magnificent women. She is extremely grateful to the real
women of Route 66 (past and present) for all of their hard
work that made the route what it is today.
Marilyn Kinsella will be playing
the roles of Mary Colter and Marilyn Jorgensen Reece.
Since 1981, Marilyn Kinsella,
from Fairview Heights, IL, has written and told stories to
thousands at schools, libraries, after-dinner speaking, and
special events. She loves telling folktales, personal and
historical stories, and literary tales. She travels to where
stories want to be told! For more information: www.marilynkinsella.org.
Cheryl Eichar Jett will be
playing the roles of Dorothea Lange and Suzanne Vanderbilt.
Cheryl Eichar Jett has always
had a love of theater; it might be in her blood, as her father
spent many years as a theater musician and director. Despite
the theater-love, she's always been the writer in the family,
in addition to many years teaching music and playing
occasional musical performances. A veteran of several Santa Fe
Screen Writing conferences, she's written a couple
screenplays, done the choreography and blocking for a few
grade school musicals, and generally been an occasional
behind-the-scenes theater person. But with the premiere
performance of her play, Aprons Away: Women's Work on
the Mother Road, she's stepping out front to take on the
monologues of photographer Dorothea Lange and automotive
designer Suzanne Vanderbilt. Cheryl is excited to be combining
her love of Route 66 with theater and women's history.
Casey Weeks will be playing the
roles of Ray Eames and Joy Nevin.
Casey Weeks is from
Edwardsville, IL. She and Cheryl Jett met while serving on the
Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission. Casey has a
passion for history and historic preservation with formal
studies in urban planning and preservation. Most recently,
Casey worked as a historic preservation specialist for the
Federal Emergency Management Agency for disasters in
California. You can check out her exploits on her blog www.preservationpurveyor.com.
She is also working on a scavenger hunt for kids along the
Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor.
Elizabeth Olwig is playing the
parts Cynthia Hare Troup and a historic Harvey Girl.
Elizabeth is a photographer
living in St.Louis. She has always been interested in history
but has a special passion for Route 66. She's traveled the
route in it's entirety and revisited many locations on
multiple occasions. Elizabeth was also a part of the effort to
stabilize John's Modern Cabins, a historic site in Missouri,
in May. She is honored to be a part of Cheryl Eichar Jett's
production. Check out Elizabeth's work at www.facebook.com/eolwigphoto.
Sherry Meyer will playing the
role of Cousin Sharon.
Sherry Meyer is a geographer.
She founded InSites To Go to build moving celebrations of the
places we call home, discovering Route 66’s international
appeal creating a weekend tour for the Lincoln Funeral
Commemoration (66 follows the tracks that carried him to
Springfield). She grew up in LaGrange, IL not far from the
Route 66 Drive-In, where at least once her parents snuck her
in under blankets on the floor of their 1964 Chevy wagon. InSitesToGo.com offers
Chicago adventures, Illinois Bicentennial Road Trip get-aways,
and weekly Route 66 tours.
Darla Hoffmann will be playing
the role of Cousin Darlene.
My acting experience is somewhat
limited to Christmas plays, school plays, and church plays,
but my zest for life is an ongoing project. My Route 66 love
started with a little spark of wonder about what it was all
about, and my volunteer experience during the first Miles of
Possibility Conference in Edwardsville fueled the flame. I
have met 66 peeps during my limited travels and more on
Facebook. I enjoy the scenery, history, cars, businesses, and
the love of a time in history that brings back warm memories
of days in the past. Thanks to Cheryl Eichar Jett and all the
Roadies for enriching my life and the opportunity to spend
time rehashing what makes Route 66 so special.
66 Miles of Possibility Conference Panel Discussions and
"How Do You Save a Legend?" "Alliances on 66" & "CVBs as
Tourism Partners" with Moderator Bill Kelly
William Kelly, Executive Director Illinois Route 66 Scenic
Byway, first came to Central Illinois in 1974 to join the IBM
Springfield office after graduating from the University of
Illinois. After eighteen years with IBM, he became
Vice-President of Marketing for Levi, Ray & Shoup, a
software development and consulting company in 1992. Bill grew
up next to Route 66 in LaGrange, Illinois and the opportunity to
become involved with the same road where he got his first ticket
led him to become Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66
Scenic Byway in February, 2010.
Bill is moderating three sessions:
"How to Save a Legend" panelists include: Dr. Robert Navarro,
President of Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau,
speaking on Collins Street Prison in Joliet and Gemini
Giant/Launching Pad; Terri Ryburn, speaking on Sprague Service
Station in Normal; Bill Thomas, Executive Director of Logan
County Economic Development; speaking on the Tropics Sign; Anne
Haaker, retired Historic Preservation Officer, speaking on the
Nite Spot Cafe in Fairmont City; and Frank Butterfield,
Downstate Director of Landmarks Illinois, speaking on Landmarks
10 Most Endangered List.
"Alliances on 66" panelists include: Sarah Watson, Executive
Director of Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area; Frank Butterfield, Downstate
Director of Landmarks Illinois, speaking on Landmarks grant program
(Macoupin County Jail); Sarah Waggoner, Tourism Director for City
of Litchfield, speaking on Litchfield Pickers Market; Jeff
Woodard, Marketing Director at McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin'
with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center in Bloomington; and Michelle
Silver, Tourism Coordinator for Illinois Department of Natural
Tourism Partners" panelists include: Dr. Robert Navarro, President of Heritage
Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau, Samantha Morehead,
Bloomington-Normal Area CVB; Morgan Gleason, Executive
Director of Logan County Tourism Bureau; Scott Dahl,
Executive Director of of Springfield Area CVB; and Brett
Stawar, President of Great Rivers and Routes CVB.
“The Route 66
Hospitality Package” with Moderator Debyjo Ericksen
Debyjo Ericksen, Joliet, Route 66 tourism and preservation
advocate and ambassador, will serve as our Moderator for "The
Route 66 Hospitality Package," panel discussion.
Panelists include: Perry Brown, Mother Road Antique Mall in
Carlinville and Board Member of Carlinville Tourism; Jean Bruner
Jachino, Regional Sales Director at Hotel Ventures Management of
Illinois; Will Law, new owner of the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield;
and Geoff Ladd, Assistant Director of Illinois Route 66 Scenic
“Route 66 Mayors” with Moderator Larry Bloemker
Larry Bloemker has served as the Mayor of the Village of Hamel
for seven years. He also serves as an Executive Board member for
the Route 66 Byway Authority and the Madison County Community
Development Block Grant Advisory Board. A graduate of Illinois
State University in Normal, Larry has an extensive background in
communications and marketing. He traces his knowledge and
support of Route 66 to his parents, small business owners in
Hamel who were early advocates for Route 66.
Panelists include: John Hicks, Gillespie; Deanna Demuzio,
Carlinville; and Steve Dougherty, Litchfield.
“Bicycling Route 66” with Moderator Nick Gerlich, Ph.D.
Nick Gerlich, PhD, is Hickman Professor of Marketing at West
Texas A&M University in Canyon, where he has taught since
Panelists include: Andy Ritchie, who bicycled the length of
Route 66 to raise money for the Litchfield Museum and Route 66
Welcome Center; and Christian Hasselberg, Race Director of the
Tour de Donut bicycle race in Macoupin County along Route 66.
2018 Route 66 Miles of
Possibility Conference | October 25-28, 2018 |
Blackburn College | Carlinville, Illinois
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