2016 Convention Speakers & Special Events

Friday's Programs, Workshops & Annual Meeting

April 29, 2016

at Legacy Barn Events Center

12281 Kafir Road

Carthage MO 64836

(northeast of Carthage off MO 96)

Use of the Legacy Barn Event Center is courtesy of owners Larry and Lois Frickenshmidt. The convention planning committee thanks the Frickenshmidts for their hospitality and generosity.

Legacy Barn Event Center will open at 8:30 am for coffee and to pick up registration packets for those who did not get their packets on Thursday at hotel.

8:50 am -- Welcome Remarks


Michele Newton Hansford

will present at 9:00 am

"Land of a Million Smiles Still Welcomes Travelers 100 Years Later:  Ozarks Playgrounds Association & the Jefferson Highway"

Michele is the former Director/Curator of the Powers Museum who began researching James Douglas Clarkson and the Jefferson Highway in the 1990s. She also is the immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Missouri Humanities Council. Hansford received her B.A. degree in American Studies from Anderson College and her M.A. degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.

Susan Croce Kelly

will present at 9:20 am

"Politics & Pavement: the Long Journey from Wagon Tracks to Hard Surfaced Roads"

Susan is the author of several books including the recent biography of Cyrus Avery and Route 66: the Highway and Its People (1988). She received her B.S. degree from Purdue University and M.A. degree in American History from Saint Louis University. Kelly is a former public relations executive, newspaper reporter and executive speechwriter.

Bill Hart

will present at 10:15 am

"Roads, Trails & Heritage Tourism: Exploring Roadside Americana in Missouri"

Mr. Hart's interest in small town and roadside Missouri was fostered by years of travel with the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation (Missouri Preservation) and he serves as its current Executive Director. He holds a B.A. degree in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and did graduate work in Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Hart also is one of the founders of the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (Mo BARN).


Session #1  Mapping the Jefferson Highway for Modern Touring


Session #2 Promoting the Jefferson Highway: Pilot Projects &  Sucess Stories from Other Roads

After the morning presentations conclude, lunch will be served (included in full conference registration fee) and the annual meeting of the Jefferson Highway Association will be held after lunch. Once meeting is completed, convention attendees will tour Red Oak II village across the road from Legacy Event Barn. (Red Oak II also is owned by the Frickenshmidts.)

Phillips 66 Gas Station - one of the many historic structures moved to Red Oak II.


Update: Booking Signing at Red Oak II (after annual meeting from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm)

Lyell D. Henry, Jr., will debut his new book The Jefferson Highway: Blazing the Way from Winnipeg to New Orleans being published April 15th by the University of Iowa Press.

Lyell D. Henry, Jr., is emeritus professor of political science at Mount Mercy University, where he taught form 1982 until retiring in 1999. He is the author of two earlier books: Zig-Zag-and-Swirl: Alfred W. Lawson's Quest for Greatness and Was This Heaven? A Self-Portrait of Iowa on Early Postcards.  He has also written numerous articles on American popular culture, early highways, and roadside commercial architecture. Lyell is editor of the newsletter for the Jefferson Highway Association.

JHA Members have been a letter about pre-ordering books for pick-up at the convention. Deadline for pre-ordering is April 10th.



For more information on the Legacy Barn Event Center and Red Oak II, consult these links and news articles.

Red Oak II's website

Another look at Red Oak II

Route 66 News article on Legacy Barn Event Center


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