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State Museum Seeking Route 66 Stories For Mother Road's 100th Anniversary In 2026

Museum Historians Will Record Oral Histories With Travelers, Businesses, Highway Builders, And Others

The Illinois State Museum is seeking individuals to share their personal experiences with the original Route 66 in Illinois, including travelers, businesses that operated along the route, workers who built the highway, and others.

Route 66 will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2026. Historians from the Illinois State Museum will record and share oral histories of people who can recall their connections to the historic roadway, which operated from 1926 until decommissioning in 1985.

“These interviews will help illustrate the significance of this important transportation achievement,” said Eri...


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