Edwardsville Route 66 Conference news!

With a meeting this morning gathering officials from the City of Edwardsville, a representative from the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, and yours truly, planning meetings for the 2015 Edwardsville Route 66 Conference have begun in earnest! Some details were hammered out, other aspects of the event came under discussion, great ideas were put forth for evaluation, and a planning structure was put in place to move forward with the event.

At last we have definite dates and days to announce and thus a framework on which to hang the conference and the social events! For those wishing to begin making their travel plans, please note that the Edwardsville Route 66 Conference will be Thursday afternoon - Saturday evening, October 29 - 31, 2015. The Wildey Theatre is confirmed as the venue, although there is discussion of an additional venue for activities.

The host hotels in Edwardsville should be announced next week! And rest assured, there is PLENTY of lodging in the area. If you've traveled this area, you know that Edwardsville is not an isolated city in the middle of a prairie! We are surrounded by other communities - Glen Carbon, Troy, Collinsville, and others - that also offer good lodging choices. We have many great restaurants plus pubs, breweries, winery, wine bar, etc.

As for our event planning structure, a committee was named, to include one city alderman, one Parks Department staff person, one Wildey Theatre staff person, one Historic Preservation Commissioner (besides myself - I'm on the commission as well), Jim Hinckley (author, photographer, tour guide, and the man behind the Kingman festival), and Joe Sonderman (long-time Route 66 collector, historian, and author). I was appointed Chair of the new City of Edwardsville Route 66 Conference Committee and I am honored to serve in that capacity. 

Now the work begins! I'll be able to give you a tentative schedule very soon. Also we'll have a Facebook page available soon on which to post updates. We are discussing many fun things and we can hardly wait to welcome you to Edwardsville! Stay tuned!


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