Route 66 Treasures Arrive at New Home!
It's finally here - the long awaited arrival of two exciting acquisitions to our Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame in Pontiac, IL!
This coming Sunday, September 26 is the day when Route 66 icon and artist, Bob Waldmire's, VW van and converted schoolbus will arive at our museum for eventual display! According to Association Treasurer, Marty Blitstein, who was instrumental in making these acquisitions come to fruition, it will be a couple more weeks before the van and bus will be available for viewing at the museum. First, the items need to be prepared for display.
Here's an exerpt from a correspondence from Route 66 enthusiast and author, Ken the Landrunner, to Marty Blitstein which expresses the excitement felt by many about these items being on display:
...Been looking forward to the day that Bob's vintage school bus, VW Van, and all of the many treasures within will finally be archived and on display for all 66 Roadies to enjoy and appreciate! Glad to know that the Pontiac Hall of Fame and Museum has taken ths first steps in doing just that. Thank you for making all of this become a true milestone event in Mother Road history. Well done! I tip my bandana to Illinois Route 66!... where the road begins.
Was hoping to be there this Sunday. I'm sure you've been busy with preparations...
Although the Waldmire van and bus will not immediately be on public display, you can be certain that we will keep you informed as to when you can visit these iconic Route 66 items for yourself here on this site, on our Association Facebook page and on Twitter.
In the meantime, how about a virtual tour of Bob Waldmire's schoolbus which he converted to his very unique home?
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