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Palmer Challenge Grant for the Lincoln Highway Experience museum
The Greatest Road Trip in American History
Remembering the Fun ~ Board Games from Years Gone by to Today
Telling the Lincoln Highway Story in a New Way
BIG Blue Blocks arrive at Lincoln Highway Experience
Lincoln Highway Postcard Packet
2016 Annual Report of the LHHC


Palmer Challenge Grant for the Lincoln Highway Experience museum

George's cabinsIn addition to EAT, SLEEP, DRIVEwe need to add one more verb:  GIVE.        Yes, if you are a Lincoln Highway fan, and I assume you are because you receive this Thinkin’ Lincoln e-newsletter, then this shout-out is to you.  We need your support. As you know, our nonprofit organization has been working hard the last few years to expand the Lincoln Highway Experience, for the main purpose of preserving three  large 1938-era Lincoln Highway artifacts.  The Foundation of one of our country’s most beloved golfers, Arnie Palmer, has supported our efforts to expand the Lincoln Highway Experience with a generous gift, but has also offered an additional $50,000 Challenge Grant.  In order for us to receive it, however, we must demonstrate that we’ve received NEW donations in 2018 towards the new building.  So,



  • if you are a first-time donor, your tax-deductible gift will be doubled;

  • if you have already made a gift for this project, your additional new contribution will qualify as match;

  • and, if your donation is $50 or higher, you will be eligible for a reduced admission fee of only $5.00 each visit through May 31, 2019—a 65% savings.


Meeting this Challenge before May 1, 2018 will mean $100,000 of new revenue for our project. GOOD NEWS:  we are half-way there; but, we need to hear from YOU! Please mail your check to: LHHC, 3435 State Route 30 E.,      Latrobe, PA  15650 or make an online donation at the Bring the Diner Home tab. 


 


The Greatest Road Trip in American History

1919 convoy photosOn July 7, 1919 an assemblage of 300 men with 81 vehicles left Washington D.C. to prove that an army convoy could travel across the United States. After a journey filled with accidents, trucks breaking through bridges, roads of four feet deep mud and a fake Indian attack by a future president, they arrived in San Francisco 62 days later. The convoy would have a significant impact on the transportation history of the nation that is still being felt today.


Relive this journey with  Professor Fred Gantz as he presents a collection of images from 1919. The April 7 program begins at 11:00 am at the Lincoln Highway Experience museum. The $8 admission fee includes the program, light refreshments and a sneak peek at the new 1919 Transcontinental Convoy museum exhibit.  


This program is SOLD OUT.


Remembering the Fun ~ Board Games from Years Gone by to Today

Collector and Historian Brian B. Corcoran will share how his interest in board games evolved, as well as their history, beginning with Dice and Backgammon.  His 10 a.m. presentation on Saturday, April 28, 2018 will take place at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA  15650.  He will also bring several board games from his collection.  Some board games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance too.  Who doesn’t remember getting stuck in the Molasses Swamp in Candyland??  Corcoran will trace the influence of batteries and the family television with certain board games.


In addition to games using smartphones and iPads, there is a popular Youtube series called Table Top which pits celebrities playing live against one another.   The online fundraising tool Kickstarter has been a critical player in the new board game market.  Millions of dollars have been raised to back new board games, which Corcoran will prove are not a dying pastime. 


Reservations ($8 fee includes program and refreshments) are required to attend this April presentation—either register online at LHHC.org or call the museum at 724-879-4241.


 


 


             


Telling the Lincoln Highway Story in a New Way

Providing a Better Visitor Experience


Visitors listening to the TourmateVisitors to the Lincoln Highway Experience will have a deeper and richer visitor experience because of our Tour-Mate system.  This professionally produced audio tour provides a fully integrated interpretive experience for visitors.  In addition to the basic Lincoln Highway story, it provides a compelling ‘back story’ in a fun and engaging way; even appropriate sound effects are included!  But, staff and volunteers are always on hand to provide additional information when requested.  Many National Parks, attractions, and museums have been using this unique visitor tool for several years.  Now, visitors to our museum can enjoy the same unique experience!  (Support for the Tour-Mate Audio System is, in part, from the Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program that is administered by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.)


BIG Blue Blocks arrive at Lincoln Highway Experience

child blue blocksImagine a playground with just a few kids engaged, while others wait for their turn to swing or go down the slide.    



  • Now imagine a portable/pop-up playground with 165 soft, super-sized pieces of blue foam shapes that are stored in two containers on wheels that can be unloaded in 5 minutes.

  • Finally, imagine the awesome experience ALL children will have when they play with them at the same time; there’s no waiting! These big blue blocks inspire children to design their own inventions and to work together.  The blocks create an environment of open-ended, free play.


The Lincoln Highway Experience museum will be creating a safe designated outdoor space for little ones and their Big Blue Blocks.  Watch for more information on special days for different age groups; as well as when the Blocks ‘travel’ to Lincoln Highway Schools and Communities along our 200-mile Corridor.   (Support for the Imagination Playground is, in part, from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Partnership Program and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.)


Lincoln Highway Postcard Packet

LH postcard packetWe have a limited quantity of a Souvenir of the Lincoln Highway Pittsburgh to Philadelphia postcard packet for sale. These are new and orginal thought the corners are slightly worn on some of the packets. There are 19 pictures in the packet. Published by I. Robbins & Sons, Pittsburgh and printed by Curt Teich & Co. Stop by our gift shop and purchase them or  order online by clicking here. 


2016 Annual Report of the LHHC

2016 LHHC Annual Report.pdf


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