On Display Now

America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66

On Display July 9th – October 5th, 2019

Route 66 is emblematic of the American experience. Nearly every aspect of 20th century United States history is reflected in the story of the people and events along the Mother Road. Those who take the journey down Route 66 today can still explore the Main Street of America. Nearly a hundred years of highway culture can be found, whether a thriving relic or decaying ruin. Thousands of people from around the country and around the world drive all or portions of the Route each year. The highway stretches 2,448 miles and crosses through eight states, tracing the migration of people from the Midwest to the Pacific coast. It showcases the stories of people, places, and events from 1926 until today. The topics are relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about our country and its history. Themes that run through the exhibit include the history of Route 66, evolution of automobile travel, innovations, communities and populations, as well as accounts of travelers and more. The exhibit guides visitors to a greater understanding of Route 66 and its role in American history. The narrative travels from 1926 through the present day. Interactive displays include a map showing how the population changed over time, a drive-in theater experience, and more. An exceptionally well-maintained, original and non-restored Ford Mustang travels with the exhibit. This car was used on a Route 66 road trip during the summer of 2010. The Mustang hails from the heyday of Route 66 and captures the spirit of the road. America’s Road also features a photo essay created by photographer and author, Russell Olsen. Olsen researched and photographed 75 classic Route 66 service stations, motor courts, cafes, etc. and has compiled them into two volumes, from which images and text are used for the exhibit. The sites and structures are shown both as they appeared during the mid-20th century and as they appear today. The marvelous visual and descriptive elements comprise a unique, state-by-state look back at America’s Main Street. Exhibit developed and toured through NRG! Exhibitions.

We are expecting many large groups for this exhibit. Please call in advance to schedule groups and tours of 5 or more. Tours/groups welcome by appointment, contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour. Business hours for the Stauth Museum, 111 N Aztec Street, Montezuma KS are Tue-Sat, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4:30pm.  Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this incredible exhibit!

Scroggins Grant-Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas