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2018 Route 66
          Miles of Possibility Conference

Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference Schedule
(* indicates Blackburn College campus, Carlinville)
(** indicates “Essentials of Route 66 Tourism” conference session. Ticket holders of “Essentials of Route 66 Tourism” one-day package attend these classes on Friday in Bothwell Auditorium. Ticket holders of “Weekend Conference Package” may mix and match, choosing any conference sessions.)


Thursday, October 25
Noon-5 pm     Check-in/registration/information table open - Bothwell Lobby*
Noon-5 pm     Carlinville Crawl – downtown merchants and restaurants open (meals on your own) - Downtown Carlinville
1-4 pm           Historic Carlinville bus tour with guide Deborah Young, President of Carlinville Tourism (optional) - leaves from Bothwell Lobby*
4:30-9 pm      Open house/tours at Illinois Coal Museum, with host Dave Tucker - Gillespie
4:30-9 pm      Gillespie restaurants open for dinner on your own - Gillespie
5, 6, 7 pm      Three showings of “Remembering the Coliseum” documentary with filmmakers Jim Marcacci and John Ubben in Illinois Coal Museum Lecture Hall - Gillespie

Friday, October 26
7 am–5 pm    Check-in/registration/information table open - Bothwell Lobby*
8-9 am           Welcome Breakfast - Bothwell Lobby*
9-9:10 am      Welcome to Carlinville - Deanna Demuzio, Mayor of Carlinville - Bothwell Auditorium*
9:10–9:20 am Welcome to Blackburn -  Jennifer Braaten, Ph.D., Interim President of Blackburn College - Bothwell Auditorium*
9:20-9:45 am  Keynote Address - Brett Stawar, President and CEO at Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau - Bothwell Auditorium*
10 am-5 pm   Vendors open - Mahan Atrium*
10-10:45 am   Panel Discussion - “How Do You Save A Legend?” - Moderator Bill Kelly** - Bothwell Auditorium*
10-10:45 am   “Ghost Roads of Illinois: Route 66 and More” - David Clark - Olin Lecture Hall*
11-11:45 am    Panel Discussion - “The State of Our State Route 66 Associations:  Purposes, Priorities, and Problems” - Moderator Bill Thomas** - Bothwell Auditorium*
11-11:45 am    “Writing Women into Route 66 History” - Cheryl Eichar Jett - Olin Lecture Hall*
11:45-1:15pm  Lunch on your own - College cafeteria* or downtown
1:15-2 pm       Panel Discussion - “The Route 66 Hospitality Package” - Moderator Debyjo Ericksen** - Bothwell Auditorium*
1:15-2 pm       “Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road: Macoupin County on Route 66” - Andrea Duncan - Olin Lecture Hall*
2:15-3 pm       Panel Discussion - “Route 66 Mayors” - Moderator Larry Bloemker** - Bothwell Auditorium*
2:15-3 pm       “History of Illinois” - Tom Emery - Olin Lecture Hall*
3:15-4 pm       “Social Media and Route 66:  People, Places, Events, and Things” - Nick Gerlich, Ph.D.** - Bothwell Auditorium*
3:15-4 pm       “The Road Ahead Partnership Update” - Bill Thomas - Olin Lecture Hall*
4:15-5 pm        Panel Discussion - “CVBs as Tourism Partners” - Moderator Bill Kelly** - Bothwell Auditorium*
4:15-5 pm       “Remembering the Exhibit – Route 66:  Main Street through St. Louis” – Sharon Smith - Olin Lecture Hall*
6 pm              Banquet (ticket included for banquet plus concert/dance included with Weekend Conference Package) - Woodson Hall*
7-10 pm          Concert/Dance - Robert Perry Band with the Original Mojos - Woodson Hall*

Saturday, October 27               
7 am–3 pm    Check-in/registration/information table open - Bothwell Lobby*
8-9 am           Welcome Back Breakfast - Bothwell Lobby*
9 am-3 pm     Vendors open - Mahan Atrium*
9-9:45 am       Panel Discussion - “Bicycling Route 66” - Moderator Nick Gerlich, Ph.D. - Olin Lecture Hall*
9-9:45 am      “Paranormal Evidence in Lincoln/Logan County” - Geoff Ladd - Alumni Lecture Hall*
10-10:45 am   “Chasing the Light Down Route 66” - David Schwartz - Olin Lecture Hall*
10-10:45 am   “International Route 66” - Jerry McClanahan - Alumni Lecture Hall*
11-11:45 am    “The Main Street of America” - Jim Hinckley - Olin Lecture Hall*
11-11:45 am    “The Business of Saving Route 66” - Roamin' Rich Dinkela - Alumni Lecture Hall*
11:45-1:15       Lunch on your own - College cafeteria* or downtown
1:15-2 pm       “Route 66 Then and Now” - Joe Sonderman - Olin Lecture Hall*
1:15-2 pm       “Exploring Route 66 With Kids and Annie Mouse” - Anne Maro Slanina, Ph.D. - Alumni Lecture Hall*
2:15-3 pm       “Owning Identity:  American Indian Tribes and Route 66 for the Cultural Traveler” -  Lisa Hicks Snell - Olin Lecture Hall*
2:15-3 pm       Joint session - “Carlinville Historical Sites” - Deborah Young AND “Carlinville on the Eve of the Civil War” - Dan Hauter - Alumni Lecture Hall*
3:15-4 pm       Premiere of “Aprons Away: Women's Work on the Mother Road,” a one-act play written and directed by Cheryl Eichar Jett (ticket included with Weekend Conference Package) - Bothwell Auditorium*
4-4:15 pm       Announcements/Closing Ceremony - Bothwell Auditorium*
5:30 pm          Halloween costume party/buffet/cash bar/DJ - former Crabby's Supper Club
6:15 pm          Rotary Halloween Parade begins - Downtown Carlinville

Sunday, October 28
9 am-noon    Haunts of 66 bus tour, by InSites To Go with guide David Clark, the Windy City Road Warrior. Register at www.insitestogo.com.

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2018 Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference | October 25-28, 2018 | Blackburn College | Carlinville, Illinois
Contact Carlinville Tourism Director Deb Young at carlinvilletourism@gmail.com for Carlinville Tours and local info and/or call Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at 1-800-258-6645 for more information.



 

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