Spring events for Indiana LHA on 4/17

The Indiana chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association is holding its spring events in Warsaw and Winona Lake Saturday, April 17, 2010.

10:00 am
Lincoln Highway kiosk in Warsaw, IndianaWarsaw: Lincoln Highway Kiosk Dedication

The public is invited!
W Old Road 30 at 350 W

Join the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and the Kosciusko County Historical Society at the Chinworth Bridge Trailhead for a dedication program and celebration of Warsaw’s Lincoln Highway heritage!

12:30 pm
Winona Lake: Lunch at the Boat House Restaurant and Geocaching
Reservations required

Enjoy this lovely location along the shore of Winona Lake and get geocache locations at closing of this event. The annual gathering of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association will feature a kick-off of a high-tech Geocaching Adventure along the Indiana Lincoln Highway, updates on the Scenic Byway Application with the State of Indiana, and an annual auction-fundraiser. Enjoy Lunch on the shores of Winona Lake!

12:30 p.m. Browse displays and auction items
1:00 p.m. Lunch with guest speaker

Phil Worrall, Executive Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council, will kick off the INLHA Geocaching Project and entertain us with this new high tech adventure for Indiana’s Lincoln Highway! This project is funded through the Indiana Humanities Council and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Attendees will be given locations of caches at the end of this event – be the first to find a cache!

Updates on Indiana LH Byway application, special projects, and a live auction fundraiser!

Cost: $22.00 (includes entrée ordered from group lunch menu, beverage, tax, gratuity, and registration fee)

For reservations, contact Joyce Chambers at (574) 272-5374 by April 10.

Postal cancellation for the 2009 LHA conference available until July 18

[image of LHA stamp cancellation]Postal cancellations from the 2009 LHA conference are now available for a limited time. [View larger image]

Pictorial postmarks are available only for the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial postmark date, no later than July 18, 2009.

All requests must include a stamped envelope or postcard bearing at least the minimum First-Class Mail postage. Items submitted for postmark may not include postage issued after the date of the requested postmark. Such items will be returned unserviced.

To obtain a postmark, affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of your choice, address the envelope or postcard to yourself or someone else, insert a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness, and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to:

South Bend Station
424 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601

You can also send stamped envelopes and postcards without addresses for postmark, as long as you supply a larger envelope with adequate postage and your return address. After applying the pictorial postmark, the Postal Service will return the items (with or without addresses) under addressed protective cover.

Happy collecting!

LHA California Chapter holds meeting on Sat 10/4

From Norman Root, president of the California Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association:

Quarterly Chapter Meeting
Saturday, October 4, 2008
12:00 noon

Baker’s Square Restaurant
255 2nd St (at B St)
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 756-4190

Saturdays at noon is a very busy time for them. They will reserve a table for 20 in the back room. However, others may have to share the other tables in that room. There is plenty of parking all around the building.

They serve breakfast all day with a cost of about $7. Sandwiches run from $8 to $10.

The historic significance of the place is that we have been telling folks for years that this corner is where Lincoln Highway marker post #2369 once stood. I’m not so sure about that now, but, for sure, this is on the Lincoln Highway.

Joanne Pelz is the program, which will be about Lincoln Highway Volkswalks.  She has a mini Lincoln Highway Volkswalk planned for us beginning at 2nd and B.  This program is in keeping with our effort to acquaint a wider range of people with the Lincoln Highway.

2008 Lincoln Highway Association Awards

At this year’s Association conference, the recipients of the 2008 Lincoln Highway Association awards were announced.

2008 LHA Director — retiring directors

  • Russell Rein
  • Sid Ketchum
  • Marie Malernee
  • Randy Wagner

2008 LHA Conference Chair — Shelly Horne

2008 Conference Planning Committee

  • Barbara Bogart
  • Dan Bogart
  • Ann Cazin       
  • Gary Cazin
  • Jo Newkirk-Hornecker
  • Joe Cox
  • Jim Davis
  • Jane Law
  • Mieke Madrid
  • Saundra Meyer
  • Suzanne Seppala

2008 LHA Technology Award

  • James Lin for the LHA web site

2008 LHA Member of the Year

2008 LHA Art Award

  • Kell Brigan for organizing the Art Show

2008 LHA Host of the Year

  • Russell Rein for organizing LHA research trip to the University of Michigan

2008 LHA Meritorious Achievement Award

  • Bob Owens, Iowa

2008 LHA Preservation Advocate

  • Michael Buettner for Cindell Street

2008 Preservation Organization of the Year

2008 LHA Director of the Year

  • Jeff La Follette, Iowa

Local press covers the LHA Conference

People from Omaha, Neb., Sarasota, Fla., Reno, Nev., and even small European countries found common ground last week learning about the history of southwest Wyoming and the route of the historic Lincoln Highway, which meanders through much of Uinta County and northern Utah.

LHA awards the Ohio Department of Transportation

April 30, 2008 Press Release from the Ohio Lincoln Highway League:

The 14th Annual Business Meeting of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League was held on April 26, 2008 at the Elks Hall in Galion, Ohio. The Ohio Lincoln Highway League is the state affiliate of the Lincoln Highway Association, a historical interest group which endeavors to promote and preserve the history of the Lincoln Highway—the first transcontinental automobile route in the United States.

Among the highlights of the meeting was the presentation of the “Exemplary Friend of the Lincoln Highway Award” to the Ohio Department of Transportation. This is an award given by the Lincoln Highway Association to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions to the association’s promotion and preservation efforts. In this case, ODOT was honored for their part in constructing the splendid new Lincoln Highway Bridge at the I-75 interchange with State Route 696 at Beaverdam. The bridge features four large Lincoln Highway logo signs which face four-lane traffic on I-75, and four smaller logo signs set in brick pillar replicas which face traffic on State Route 696—a renumbered roadway (formerly U.S. 30-North) that was once part of the historic Lincoln Highway route. The brick pillars are reminiscent of twenty other pillars which were originally set along the route of the Lincoln Highway during the 1920s.

odot award
Photo by John Renock

On hand to accept the etched glass award on behalf of ODOT was Kirk Slusher, P.E. (right), who is the Planning Administration for ODOT District One at Lima. The presentation of the award was officially made by LHA President Jan Shupert-Arick of Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the request of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League, Kirk took a few minutes to discuss the history of the project and explain how transportation enhancement funds became available for this aesthetic bridge. It was then pointed out by members of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League that in their opinion, this award was merited not only for ODOT’s vision regarding this wonderful new bridge, but also for its continuing assistance in such matters as the posting of green interchange signs and brown historic byway signs which help travelers rediscover the route of the Lincoln Highway as it traverses 241 miles across Ohio.

Evanston, Wyoming: site of the 2008 LHA Conference

Here are some highlights of Evanston, Wyoming and the surrounding area, courtesy of Mieke Madrid from the City of Evanston. Click on the photo to enlarge.

Church Buttes postcard pic
Church Buttes, a unique rock formation along the old Lincoln Highway east of Evanston

lincoln hwy eagle rock near evanston
Eagle Rock, also along the old Lincoln Highway east of Evanston

1920 Tunnel
A tunnel built in 1920 east of Evanston

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The newly restored Machine Shop, where many conference activities will be held

roundhouse side view
The newly restored Roundhouse

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Historic Depot Square, located on the Lincoln Highway

5 sunset motorcourt
Sunset Cabins, along Bear River Drive (Lincoln Highway)

10 Lincoln Hwy marker
A Lincoln Highway concrete marker near Depot Square

And here’s a message from Shelly Horne, the chairman of the 2008 LHA Conference.

Dear Fellow Lincoln Highway Enthusiasts:

This year is a rare opportunity for you to attend an exceptional Lincoln Highway conference without travel costs blowing a head gasket in your budget. Evanston, Wyoming will host this year’s conference. A quaint, interesting, historical town, Evanston is located on the highway just down the road apiece.

The theme of the conference is “Rails, Trails, and Highway Tales.” Evanston was an end of track town on the U.P.R.R. in 1868. It has a rich railroad history and many preserved railroad buildings and artifacts that you will enjoy. It has one of the few remaining original roundhouses west of the Mississippi with an operating turntable. Come ride it. Evanston sits near many of the old trails that people traveled from east to west to expand our great nation. If you like, you can visit the Mormon, Oregon, and California trails as well as the Pony Express route, all within easy driving distance.

And highway tales… we have hundreds of them. The first Wyoming Lincoln Highway consul was P.W. Spaulding from Evanston. He owned the first car in Uinta County, was a successful attorney, and a personal friend of Henry Joy, first president of the Lincoln Highway Association. We will be exhibiting a rare original LHA “Notable Service Award” given to P.W. Spaulding in the early years of the association. We will be giving a replica of this award to every attendee of the conference, a nice watch fob or key ring, and very rare. Hugh Colpharp will display his replica of the ten-millionth Ford Model T at the conference.

You could hardly cross the wide open country of Wyoming or the deserts of Utah without a water bag dangling from your radiator. So we have replicated the desert water bag, complete with cork and rope, as a tote bag for your memorabilia collection at the conference. We love replicas. You will be provided with a special table decoration at the annual banquet, a crystal-like replica of an old antique Packard automobile engraved with the LHA logo. Take it, cherish it, put it in your water bag replica with your LHA medallion.

The tours will be exciting. West in Echo Canyon you will explore Mormon history and learn how the canyon walls were used to defend against Johnson’s army; travel past the “Witches” to Taggart, to Wanship and the Echo reservoir. East to Fort Bridger and the Black and Orange cabins, then on to Miller’s crossing. See an eagles nest high on the bluffs of Church Butte. On the return trip to Evanston, watch film of the original military convoy that crossed the country from Washington, DC to San Francisco on the Lincoln road. See the comments of a young Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower about his experience on the convoy.

The slate of speakers who will be addressing the conference is top notch. They will present a myriad of topics from notable Lincoln Highway people, to Utah highway history, to the 1908 New York-to-Paris Automobile Race. Then as dessert, we will be entertained by Willie Le Clair, Shoshone Indian, with stories of the Shoshone and Chief Washakie in Evanston.

Tour historic Evanston. Visit the Sunset Cabins on the Lincoln Highway. See Evanston’s original Lincoln Highway markers, and meet and visit with your LHA counterparts from across the country to exchange “Highway Tales.” You will be amongst the privileged few to attend and view the first Lincoln Highway Art and Photo show assembled by Ms. Kell Brigan, an LHA member in California.

If gas and airfare prices continue to rise it will become more expensive to attend future conferences. This is the time, this is the place, the 16th annual LHA conference, June 17th to 21st in Evanston, WY. Complete a registration form (visit www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org) by May 2nd to be eligible for a free conference reimbursement drawing. See you here!

Shelly Horne
LHA Conference 2008 Chair

President’s Quarterly Letter

Dear LHA members,

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the re-establishment of the LHA. Since 1992 a great deal has been accomplished along the historic corridor, and many more people are aware of the road and are out there traveling the back roads of America.

As we approach the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the congressionally appointed Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) is promoting a greater awareness of our nation’s greatest president and for whom the highway was named. The patriotic approach to building the highway worked in favor of gaining much needed grassroots and political support for the corridor as it was marked in 1913. In late September of this year, the LHA received news that both the 2008 and 2009 LHA conferences have been endorsed by the ALBC. Such an endorsement will be effective in achieving our mission: to preserve and promote the historic road. Our activities take on even greater meaning as we work on very local projects, state-level projects, and national-level projects.

The LHA Board of Directors, committees, and our executive director are setting new goals that focus on the long-term objectives of sustaining our organization’s mission, achieving national byway designations, preserving the road, and collaborating with tourism professionals to promote heritage tourism.

We challenge every member of the LHA and the public to become involved by being a voice for the road, asking others to join the LHA, participating in activities, building collaborations with local and regional partners, and by sharing your own resources, whatever they may be. I urge you to join the leadership of the LHA by offering your time, talents, and resources. We have much work to do, many road trips to take and make new friends to make.

Get out there — drive the road! We look forward to seeing you in Evanston, Wyoming in June 2008 and in South Bend, Indiana in June 2009.

Jan Shupert-Arick, President, LHA

President’s Quarterly Letter

July marked the beginning of my term as your president. My connection to the road began before my birth when my father followed his Studebaker Champion down the line at the Studebaker Plant in South Bend, Indiana, and was allowed to drive his new car off the line. My childhood was filled with road trips in Studebakers, many of them along our road.

As an adult I have worked in the areas of education, history, preservation, and the arts. My professional career includes serving as the Education Coordinator at both the Northern Indiana Center for History in South Bend, Indiana and at The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both museum experiences placed me in the position of interpreting the historic Lincoln Highway.

It was exciting to share the history, but once I attended a Lincoln Highway conference, I was hooked. The members of the Lincoln Highway Association have the passion for preserving the road and that is what makes me stay the course. I am delighted to serve you and look forward to growing the organization along with a talented board and our new executive director.

This is a very exciting time for our association as we continue to promote and protect the historic Lincoln Highway corridor. David Hay, along with our past president, Bob Lichty, will begin to enter into a new discussion with Congress in hopes of gaining a national byway status for the Lincoln Highway. We believe the LHA is positioned to accomplish this task.

Many of you have worked tirelessly to achieve local, regional, state and national preservation successes and you know that a national designation for the entire corridor would be a grand achievement that would serve to benefit all communities along the route. Certainly this would be a timely endeavor as the nation begins to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009.

This effort will require grassroots support. Members, local communities, and state leadership will need to be involved at local and national levels as advocates for the designation. We thank you in advance for being a voice for the Lincoln Highway.

The board of directors and the National Office will roll out a number of projects over the next few months. You will be receiving information in the mail, via email (if you have provided your email address), and in the Forum. Please read and respond to these communications so we can move forward with good speed and direction. We will also be asking for your input. We care what you think, so take the time to share your thoughts with us!

In closing I would like to thank Bob Lichty and Gregory Franzwa for taking the time to assist in a smooth transition of leadership for the organization and a thank you to the 2007 LHA conference planning team for a job well done. Be sure to mark your calendars for Evanston, Wyoming in 2008 and for South Bend, Indiana in 2009. Remember to visit the LHA on the web at www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org.

Take care and enjoy the journey!