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Heartland Community College Offering Illinois Route 66 Course and Tour January 28th - February 6th

A new community education class on Illinois Route 66 is being offered beginning next week at the Lincoln, Illinois campus at Heartland Community College. Join instructor Geoff Ladd, Project Administrator for Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, who will lead discussions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, January 28th through February 4th. The course will be followed by an Illinois Route 66 Tour on Saturday, February 6th.

Topics discussed will include culture, tourism, economic impact, and preservation of the historic route along with learning about key attractions and events. Special guest presentations will be made by William Kelly, executive director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and by Terri Ryburn, owner of the Sprague Service Station Route 66 resoration project in Normal, Illinois. The course is open to those who can attend in person at the Lincoln campus (located in downtown Lincoln), and is not offered online. Registration open until January 26th. Click here for registration information.

"Illinois Route 66 covers over 400 miles from Chicago to the Chain of Rocks Bridge at the Mississippi River and traverses through 90 communities along the way," says Ladd. "One could easily spend five days just in Illinois experiencing Route 66. We will be highlighting on the tour the communities of Pontiac and Atlanta, which have done an incredible job of promoting this tourism and economic development asset."

On Saturday, February 6th, Ladd will be offering an additional field trip along the byway - the Illinois Route 66 Tour. Stops include the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum in Pontiac, lunch at the Palm’s Grill in Atlanta, and several stops in Lincoln. Click here for registration information. Heartland Community College also offers a fall class at their Pontiac campus, from instructor John Weiss, a noted Route 66 author and preservation expert. For more information, visit www.heartland.edu.