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April 2, 2013

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural in Crest Hill, Illinois

The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition announces the installation of the second mural for the City of Crest Hill, Illinois. The Coalition is honored to have the opportunity to display the 32nd mural of their series of Interpretive Murals in Crest Hill. The installation is scheduled for April 3, 2013 weather permitting, at 1701 Larkin Avenue, in the Hillcrest Shopping Center. These large scale works of public art are located in over two dozen communities along the 179-mile Illinois byway corridor.

The mural tells the exciting national Lincoln Highway story of “Women on the Lincoln Highway”, featuring Anita King and Alice Ramsey. Each woman used her excellent driving skills to make historic, record setting trips across the country on the early Lincoln Highway. These road trips and public appearances were designed for promoting car manufacturing companies, Hollywood studios and the new highway.  Exquisite sepia tones in the painting bring the highly detailed portraits of the women and their cars to life for the viewer.

As the designated Scenic Byway management agency overseeing the Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway, the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition (ILHC) continually seeks ways to recognize the significance of the highway and make the historic stories come to life for visitors.  After receiving a National Scenic Byway Grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism, Attraction Development (TAP) Grant, ILHC has worked with the artist, Jay Allen owner of ShawCraft Sign Company, to create the interpretive mural series. The murals are valued at $10,000 each.  Every mural is a hand painted, unique work of art.  Upon completion, the series will be one of the largest works of public art in the country.

Each community receiving a mural is asked to designate representatives to work with ILHC on the project, as well as secure a building site for the mural, research the stories and images that link their community to Lincoln Highway, and agree to provide maintenance and preservation of the mural.
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition’s multi-site mural project showcases the history of the early highway, bringing the intriguing stories into people’s lives so they can recognize its impact on American travel and the communities. The creation process is truly a mutual effort of local communities and historians, along with a gifted artist and the ILHC, producing the murals in such a way as to draw the visitor in and share in the Lincoln Highway’s wonderful heritage.  Upon completion of the mural project, a comprehensive piece will be developed highlighting each interpretive mural and the 16 ILHC interpretive gazebos, including a map and description of each.

For more information on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, places to see and things to do, and to download an Illinois Lincoln Highway Visitor Guide, visit drivelincolnhighway.com.

Media Contact:

Susan Hronik, Program Director
Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
200 South State Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
Phone: 815-547-3854
Fax: 815-547-3740