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Jun 262013
 

Join the Old Trails Museum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at La Posada Hotel for the inaugural presentation in its Journeys to Winslow Speaker Series. Dr. John Craft will present “Along Old Route 66,” a 30-minute documentary that he produced, followed by questions and discussion.
The free speaker series is part of Winslow’s tour stop for the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories exhibition, on display at La Posada through Aug. 4. The Winslow Harvey Girls will serve as greeters, and the Old Trails Museum’s companion exhibit, Journeys to Winslow, is also on display.
The presentation will explore the history of US Route 66, which passes through downtown Winslow on Second Street. The “Mother Road” was established in 1926, saw refugees from the Great Depression and the Dustbowl in the 1930s, and became a major highway for convoys of military vehicles heading West during World War II. Many families traveled the iconic highway to see the sights of the western United States in the 1950s and 60s, but by the mid-1980s, much of Route 66 had been bypassed by the Interstate Highway System. Once-popular restaurants, motels and tourist attractions in the smaller towns were suddenly without business. In the documentary, longtime residents of Northern Arizona recount tales of the impact of “America’s Main Street” on their communities, which are illuminated by scenes of roadside attractions and historic landmarks.
Craft has taught at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University since 1973. Prior to coming to Arizona, he worked as a producer, director, and manager in public and educational television. He has produced television documentaries, published articles and textbooks on the media, and served as a media consultant for business and educational institutions. His award-winning documentaries on Route 66 have been broadcast nationally and internationally on public, commercial and cable television stations such as the History Channel.
Also happening this week in conjunction with Journey Stories is the Just Cruis’n Car Club’s Show-and-Shine and Talent Show. Come to the Standin’ on the Corner Park from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, to see vintage cars on display. In addition, acts of all kinds, including singers, musicians, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, dramatists, comedians, drummers, are invited to perform in the talent show in the Route 66 Plaza just on the other side of the wall from the car show. There is no entrance fee, but there will be cash awards of $200, $100, and $50 for first, second and third places. Call Richard at (928) 587-7066 or Todd at 587-8047 to enter.

Photo courtesy of Todd Roth Residents and visitors alike enjoy attractions and annual events along Route 66, including the Standin’ on the Corner Park and auto-enthusiast shows like this one by the Just Cruis’n Car Club, both in Winslow.

Photo courtesy of Todd Roth
Residents and visitors alike enjoy attractions and annual events along Route 66, including the Standin’ on the Corner Park and auto-enthusiast shows like this one by the Just Cruis’n Car Club, both in Winslow.