April 10, 2018
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum to Host Route 66 Hall of Fame Induction, Route 66 Book Signing, and Route 66 Photo Exhibition Opening
CLINTON, Okla. — There will be a lot happening at this year’s biannual Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Okla., on Saturday, April 28, 2018. In addition to inducting the newest hall of fame members, two other events will take place that day.
Beginning at 11 a.m., nationally known Route 66 historians and photographers Jim Ross and Shellee Graham will sign copies of their newest book, “Secret Route 66: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.” This will take place in conjunction with the official opening of the museum’s new “Route 66 Photo Exhibit,” created by Ross and Graham and featuring 35 of their color and black and white Route 66 images.
Ross is a current Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame member, and both photographers are recipients of the John Steinbeck Award for historic preservation. Ross is also a recipient of the Oklahoma Historical Society Citation of Merit. Together, Ross and Graham are the authors or co-authors of 15 books dedicated to Route 66, the most famous historic highway in America.
Beginning at 2 p.m., the Oklahoma Route 66 Association will induct two special Oklahomans into the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame. Inductions are held every two years for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion or preservation of Route 66. The selection includes a nomination and committee process conducted by the association. The winners’ plaques are displayed in the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum’s Hall of Fame, located in the WOW! Exhibit Room.
The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is open and free of charge. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments while listening to music that was popular when Route 66 was a main highway to travel. The event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma Route 66 Association, and the Friends of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Inc.
The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is located at 2229 W. Gary Blvd. in Clinton. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 62 and up, $4 for children ages 6 to 18 and free for children under 6. The museum galleries present the history and legends of Route 66 through the decades. For additional information, please contact Pat Smith at 580-323-7866 or email email@example.com.
The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.