THE 7TH ANNUAL ROUTE 66
MOPCON VII will be held Thursday - Sunday, OCTOBER 20-23, 2022,
in PONTIAC, Illinois!
The first conference was held at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois, in 2015. Subsequent conferences were held in Bloomington-Normal (2016), Joliet (2017), Carlinville (2018), Normal (2019), and all-virtual (2021). Each event has featured a combination of some of the biggest names on the contemporary Route 66 scene - historians, authors, explorers, photographers, artists, and cartographers - and also experts, academics, and professionals featuring the local history and culture of each host city. Each year, social and networking activities round out the long weekend schedule. The event rotates along Illinois Route 66 to showcase different communities.
From the first conference held at the historic Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville in 2015, we knew this was a special kind of event. Gathering Route 66 aficionados, historians, authors, artisans, travelers, and explorers from across the U.S. and around the world, the annual event offers presentations, programs, workshops, Route 66-focused arts and entertainment, and social and networking activities. It is the only annual conference that focuses on the history, preservation, and economic development of Route 66. "Route 66 Miles of Possibility" is now a nonprofit organization to provide greater capacity and expertise for future events!
Do you have questions or comments about the event? Do you need special accommodations? Send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.