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Wall Street Journal produces short video on Route 66

Wall Street Journal produces short video on Route 66

Taking note of Route 66’s 90th birthday, the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago produced this video — virtually all of it in California’s Mojave Desert — about America’s most famous highway: At 4 1/2 minutes, it conveys…

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Curt Teich Postcard Archive to be donated to Chicago library

Curt Teich Postcard Archive to be donated to Chicago library

TheCurt Teich Postcard Archive, which contains thousands of vintage images from Route 66 from the 1920s to the 1970s, soon will be donated to The Newberry library in Chicago. The Lake County Forest Preserve District, which had owned the archive…

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

“Portrait of Route 66” provides many colorful or obscure images from the massive Curt Teich Postcard Archive, and it offers a look at the Mother Road from the mid-1920s to the early 1950s. But one of the most enjoyable parts of “Portrait…

When much of Route 66 was segregated

When much of Route 66 was segregated

If you’ve got an hour, watch this recent video about author and photographer Candacy Taylor, who attended the Bay Area Book Festival to talk about her research into Route 66 and the Negro Motorist Green Book. If you’re not familiar with the…

“American Indians and Route 66” guide published

A 68-page “American Indians and Route 66” guide for tourists recently was published, along with its companion website. “American Indians and Route 66” is a partnership between the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation…

This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

Interest in the history of Route 66 largely is fueled by the memories of people who traveled the Mother Road from 1946 to the mid-1960s. It’s nostalgia. Black people don’t share nostalgia as enthusiastically. I surmised it was because Jim Crow laws…

Newspaper lists 66 Things About Route 66 in Illinois

For the past few weeks, the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, embarked on an ambitious project to list daily a landmark on Route 66 in the state. It was called 66 Things About Route 66, and each entry featured a…

Pontiac shield featured on cover of National Geographic Route 66 calendar

Pontiac shield featured on cover of National Geographic Route 66 calendar

The giant Route 66 shield mural featured on the back of the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, is the cover image of the 2016 Route 66 wall calendar published by National Geographic. The cover…

Documentary film, book coming about Negro Travelers Green Book

Documentary film, book coming about Negro Travelers Green Book

This weekend, filmmakers Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles will interview relatives of the former publisher of the Negro Travelers Green Book for a documentary, according to the New York Times. Victor Hugo Green, a letter carrier who lived…

Full inventory of Negro Motorist Green Book sites released

Full inventory of Negro Motorist Green Book sites released

Here’s another reason to go on a road trip: The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has released a list of all the properties listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book from 1936 to 1964 during the Jim Crow era of…

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