The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center in Litchfield, Illinois, recently won a $30,000 grant to help expand its Veterans’ Room there.
Anne Jackson, secretary of the welcome center, detailed the windfall in a letter to the Journal-News:
The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce had been housed in the museum since our opening. They decided to move to larger quarters and moved out Aug. 1. All agreed their presence would be missed, however, it offered us a unique opportunity to increase our floor space by not renting that office. The only problem was that the income gained through renting that office, was needed to help pay expenses.
We wrote a grant to the W. Darrell Kilton Foundation to cover the income that office generated through the expected time of paying off our mortgage. We were beyond thrilled to learn that we were awarded that grant, and now have an additional space to display items of interest.
It was decided that the space formerly occupied by the chamber will now become the Veterans’ Room. We are so excited to have a designated area to honor the veterans of Litchfield. Thanks to the generosity of the Elizabeth Baker Trust and the Corwin Memorial Trust two new display cases have been purchased.
Jackson later confirmed to Route 66 News the Kilton Foundation grant was $30,000.
She said one of the displays for the Veterans’ Room would be a slideshow of pictures and newspaper clippings of veterans from Litchfield.
Jackson stated the grand opening of the Veterans’ Room will coincide with the bicentennial of Montgomery County next year.
In addition to its historical artifacts inside, the museum at 334 Old Route 66 features the restored Vic Suhling / Gas For Less neon sign out front. And the historic Ariston Cafe is across the street.
(Image of the Vic Suhling / Gas For Less sign and the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center in Litchfield, Illinois, courtesy of Jim Thole)