Jun 10, 2017

Route 66: The Highway and Its People

The 2017 Friends of the Missouri State Archives Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, June 10 at the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center (600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65101). The business portion will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon and program entitled, Route 66: The Highway and Its People, by nationally recognized author Susan Croce Kelly.

Although born in California, Ms. Kelly grew up in Missouri where she first became fascinated with the fabled U.S. Highway. A former journalist, speechwriter and magazine publisher, she is also the author of two books on the subject, Route 66: The Highway and Its People (1990) and Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery (2014). In her program, Ms. Kelly will recount how U.S. Highway 66 became everyone’s road after it was designated part of the 1926 National Highway System; a road of adventure for intrepid auto pioneers in the late-1920s; filled with desperate people fleeing west to find better lives in the 1930s; a main artery for wartime traffic during the 1940s; and a tourist gateway in the 1950s. She will also discuss how the road has grown into a symbol of America for the rest of the world.

This event is open to the public, but there is a cost of $25 per person. Contact Brian Rogers by Monday, June 5, at (573) 526-1981 or brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov to reserve your place. Payment should be mailed to the Friends of the Missouri State Archives, P.O. Box 242, Jefferson City, MO 65102.