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Thursday, October 17

Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference Oct 17-20

Starts at 8:08 AM

This year’s annual conference will be themed “Under the Big Top” because of the Bloomington- Normal’s history with circuses, dating to the 1870’s when a couple of barns and local YWCA served as practice sites for aerial performers.

Speakers representing  the Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus  will discuss its history and share their stories of circus in the area.  Over two days, many other presenters will discuss the Mother Road, past , present and future .

Register at: 

http://route66milesofpossibility.com/

Thursday October 17

12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.  Registration/Check In at Ryburn Place 305 Pine Street in Normal

1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.    Bloomington-Normal Route 66/Circus Tour - Depart from Pine Street

7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.    Traditional Hot Dog Roast at Ryburn Place

Friday October 18

8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Conference Sessions will convene at Uptown Station  4th Floor (Check -In)

7:00-9:00 p.m.              CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: Featuring author Candacy Taylor will be held at ISU Alumni Center

                                      Candacy Taylor, author of the forthcoming book about the Negro Motorist Green Book published from                                          1930s to the 60s.  Held at ISU Alumni Center , This presentation will be free and open to the public.

Saturday October 19

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Conference Sessions reconvene at Uptown Station, Normal 4th floor

6:30 p.m.                         Dinner at Eagles Club /Gamma Phi Circus Performance and band “Third Street Down” 

Friday, October 18

Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference Oct 17-20

Starts at 8:00 AM

This year’s annual conference will be themed “Under the Big Top” because of the Bloomington- Normal’s history with circuses, dating to the 1870’s when a couple of barns and local YWCA served as practice sites for aerial performers.

Speakers representing the Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus will discuss its history and share their stories of circus in the area. Over two days, many other presenters will discuss the Mother Road, past , present and future .

Register at:

http://route66milesofpossibility.com/

Thursday October 17

12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Registration/Check In at Ryburn Place 305 Pine Street in Normal

1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. Bloomington-Normal Route 66/Circus Tour - Depart from Pine Street

7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Traditional Hot Dog Roast at Ryburn Place

Friday October 18

8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions will convene at Uptown Station 4th Floor (Check -In)

7:00-9:00 p.m. CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: Featuring author Candacy Taylor will be held at ISU Alumni Center

Candacy Taylor, author of the forthcoming book about the Negro Motorist Green Book published from 1930s to the 60s. Held at ISU Alumni Center , This presentation will be free and open to the public.

Saturday October 19

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions reconvene at Uptown Station, Normal 4th floor

6:30 p.m. Dinner at Eagles Club /Gamma Phi Circus Performance and band “Third Street Down”

Friday, October 18

Candacy Taylor presents the Negro Motorist Green Book

Starts at 7:00 PM

Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian working on a multidisciplinary project based on the Green Book. Taylor will be the keynote speaker during the fifth annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference in Normal, Illinois on Friday October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the ISU Alumni Center.

Sponsored by the Town of Normal and the City of Bloomington, the evening event will be free and open to the public.

Taylor’s work has been featured in over 50 media outlets including The Atlantic, CBS Sunday Morning, The Guardian UK, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, PBS Newshour and The Wall St. Journal. Taylor was a fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University under the direction of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and her projects have been commissioned and funded by numerous organizations including, The Library of Congress, National Geographic, The American Council of Learned Societies, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Park Service, and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Her book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America will be published by Abrams Books in January of 2020. Also in 2020, an exhibition based on Taylor’s research will be toured by the Smithsonian. It will travel throughout the United States.

Saturday, October 19

Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference Oct 17-20

Starts at 8:00 AM

This year’s annual conference will be themed “Under the Big Top” because of the Bloomington- Normal’s history with circuses, dating to the 1870’s when a couple of barns and local YWCA served as practice sites for aerial performers.

Speakers representing the Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus will discuss its history and share their stories of circus in the area. Over two days, many other presenters will discuss the Mother Road, past , present and future .

Register at:

http://route66milesofpossibility.com/

Thursday October 17

12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Registration/Check In at Ryburn Place 305 Pine Street in Normal

1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. Bloomington-Normal Route 66/Circus Tour - Depart from Pine Street

7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Traditional Hot Dog Roast at Ryburn Place

Friday October 18

8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions will convene at Uptown Station 4th Floor (Check -In)

7:00-9:00 p.m. CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: Featuring author Candacy Taylor will be held at ISU Alumni Center

Candacy Taylor, author of the forthcoming book about the Negro Motorist Green Book published from 1930s to the 60s. Held at ISU Alumni Center , This presentation will be free and open to the public.

Saturday October 19

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions reconvene at Uptown Station, Normal 4th floor

6:30 p.m. Dinner at Eagles Club /Gamma Phi Circus Performance and band “Third Street Down”

Saturday, October 26

Evento del Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Event

Starts at 1:15 PM

Día de los Muertos returns to the McLean County Museum of History on Saturday, October 26 from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Join in our community celebration with music and dance from local performers. Hear from community members who will share the history and meaning of the holiday, and the variety of ways that it is celebrated. Enjoy delicious refreshments and activities for all ages—including face painting, storytelling, and crafts! Don’t forget to bring a photo of a loved one who has passed to add to the community ofrenda. This free event is made possible through a partnership between the McLean County Museum of History, Western Avenue Community Center, and Conexiones Latinas de McLean County.