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Route 66 getting attention in Flagstaff, Arizona (and don’t forget Winona)


“The Shades of Route 66 in Arizona” is the title of an exhibit being developed by a team at Northern Arizona University for the school’s Cline Library. Led by Peter Runge, head of the library’s special collections and archives, with guidance from other campus experts, student interns Lazarus Melan, a documentary filmmaker, and Ivan Pacheco, a retired dentist pursing a fine arts degree, are creating the exhibit that celebrates diversity along the Mother Road across Arizona.

The students are scheduled to graduate in May and in addition to the exhibit at the library, a “StoryMap” online exhibit will be produced, according to a university news release.

”Shades of Route 66 in Arizona  is an intentional effort to honor communities that have historically been overshadowed by the dominant perspective,” Runge is quoted. 

Researchers on a road trip visiting Route 66 landmarks and communities | NAU photo

The news release notes, ”Melan and Pacheco have already been on the road—literally—with (project director and library archivist Sean) Evans, a highly regarded Route 66 historian. Along the way, the project team hopes to identify people along Route 66 whose stories are especially relevant to this project and conduct oral histories with them. ”

”Upon completion of the project, we will share the online exhibit on our website and with our colleagues in the National Park Services Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, who will link it from theirs, too,” Evans is quoted. “We hope this project will become a model for similar projects in the other seven Route 66 states.” 

Route 66 museum planned for Flagstaff

Northern Arizona University is located in Flagstaff, where the Arizona Daily Sun and route66news.com have reported that a new Route 66 museum is in the works.

Local resident, musician and photographer John Lutz’s plan calls for a Flagstaff Auto Museum with a car museum, a restoration shop, a diner and a theater. One of his goals is to provide a place where “kids are working on cars instead of keeping their eyes glued to their phones,” according to the Sun.

Lutz and his Classic Automobile Restoration and Education Society (CARES) also hopes to generate similar facilities across the country.

Special events this weekend

“The Tucker Movie: What’s Real, What’s Not” is the subject of a program to be presented via Zoom by the AACA Museum on January 21, 2021. The presentation will include Preston Tucker’s grandchildren.

It’s Cunningham Equipe Demo Day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. January 22 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, but a 1948 Cadillac Series 61, 1952 Cunningham C-4R roadster and 1956 Jaguar D-type will be examined and exercised. 

The Harley-Davidson Museum is participating in “Visit Milwaukee’s Museum Days,” which run January 20-30 and offer discounted admission fees to all participating facilities. Milwaukee hotels also offer special room rates.

The grand opening celebration for the new Segerstrom Shelby event center and museum in Irvine, California, is scheduled for January 20.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento is staging a “Shed Sale” through January with “everything from hubcaps to engines” available. Appointments are needed.

Mark your calendar

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento opens its next “rolling exhibit” — “The Art of Lowriding” on January 30. The exhibit runs through May 1.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia opens a Best of Britain 2022 exhibit on February 5. The exhibit runs through February 20 and will feature more than a dozen British automotive marques.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, stages its inaugural Winter Motoring Meet featuring vintage snowmobiles on February 5.

Editor Danny Hopkins asks the questions | Museum photo

After the success of the inaugural program in November, the British Motor Museum stages another Quiz Night on February 8 at Gaydon, UK. The event is open to teams of up to 6 with five rounds of questions on automotive, music and movie topics. The evening includes time to tour the museum and a dinner meal. 

The third annual Bootlegger’s Ball is scheduled for February 12 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northeast Indiana. The event, done in partnership with Auburn’s Eckhart Public Library, celebrates the passage of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending prohibition.

“Pint With The Past” returns to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, on February 12. The event features craft-brewed beer tasting amid the museum’s car collection, and with live music by a contemporary blues band or by an “easy-listening” guitarist. There is a special reduced admission fee for those arriving as designated drivers.

The Canadian Automobile Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, hosts Third Thursday lecture series for February on the 17th with “The Death and Legacy of Sam McLaughlin – Looking Back After 50 Years” presented by Samantha George of the Parkwood National Historic Site.

Formula 1 racing with a family focus will be featured during the “half-term” school break at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK, February 19-27.

The Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, launches its car-show calendar on March 27 with a “Fords on Sunday” event.

The LeMay Collection at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, will offer Driver’s Ed: Model T Experience events May 14, June 11, July 9, August 14 and September 11.

A second wave of vehicles arrives September 22, 2022, and run through May 14, 2023, in “The Allure of the Extreme” supercar showcase at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email [email protected]

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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