Come to the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis (east end of the car show), Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12 to experience the vibrant, annual gathering of authors, artists, associations & collectors affiliated with Route 66. Offering creative displays of memorabilia, information about their products and services and items for sale, there will be items of interest for a wide range of people. Come visit with them about Route 66 and see what they have to offer.

2023 Exhibitors & Vendors


Dr. T. Lindsay Baker, Rio Vista, TX
photo of t Lindsay baker driving a model ADr. T. Lindsay Baker is a historian, teacher, and museum curator who has written two dozen books on various aspects of the American West. For a decade he lived just south of old Highway 66 in Amarillo, Texas, and began motoring along its historic pavement in the early 1980s. Although he has driven the highway a number of times, the most memorable occasion was a round trip both directions at an average speed of 35 mph in a four-cylinder 1930 Model A Ford in July 2017. A regular contributor to Route 66 Magazine and state Route 66 association publications, he also authored Portrait of Route 66: Images from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016) and Eating Up Route 66: Foodways on America’s Mother Road (University of Oklahoma Press, in press). Currently he is undertaking research for a history and driving guide to the old highway across the Texas Panhandle.
Susan Croce Kelly, Lake of the Ozarks, MO head and shoulders shot of susan croce kelly smiling bigSusan Croce Kelly has been in and around Route 66 most of her life. She grew up near old 66 in St. Louis. Later she lived not far from old 66 in Springfield. After that, she moved to Chicago, where old Route 66 begins – or ends – on the edge of Lake Michigan. And now she’s back in Springfield. She grew up hearing stories about “the most famous highway in the world,” and she is the prize-winning author of two seminal histories of 66:
  • Route 66: The Highway and Its People, was the first social history of the highway and the businesses and people whose lives depended on it.
  • Her second book, a 2014 biography of Cyrus Avery, zeroed in on the life and times of the Oklahoma road builder who became known as the Father of Route 66.
Several years ago, Kelly received Springfield’s John T. Woodruff award for her years as a Route 66 historian. This fall, the University of Arkansas Press will publish her biography of a longtime Springfield writer and historian. Watch for Newspaperwoman of the Ozarks: the Life & Times of Lucile Morris Upton. Over the years Susan has been a newspaper reporter here in Springfield and St. Louis, a columnist in Texas, public relations executive in St. Louis, Chicago, Houston, and Europe. In 2003 she founded Ozarks Magazine, a celebration of life in the Ozarks.Today she is managing editor of OzarksWatch Magazine published by the Ozarks Studies Institute of Missouri State University.

Art, Wearables, Decor & More

Louis Allen, Springfield, MO
Mr. Allen is an engineer and an artist working in wood. He has extensively researched the history of Springfield wagons and builds replicas of the wagons, both full-size and miniature models.
Sharon & Gary Kindell, Chandler, OK
outdoor portrait of gary and sharon kindellSharon and Gary are both native Oklahomans and currently live in Chandler, Oklahoma which is between Tulsa and Oklahoma City and is right on Historic Route 66. Sharon is a quilter/seamstress, and a few years ago, she mused about selling quilts through an establishment here in town. After some deliberation, in December 2019, the Kindells decided to start a business called ‘Quilt 66′. With this name, they began the process of applying for a trademark and wordmark to attach to their products to add to their uniqueness. The process is complete and awaits a determination from the US Patent and Trademark Office. The Kindells’ primary goal is to provide travelers of The Road an opportunity to purchase items made on Route 66 and take home usable items which have some Americana sewn in.


Mike & Sharon Ward, Mesa, AZ (maps, postcards)
photo of mike and sharon ward sporting route 66 themed shirts Mike and Sharon Ward both grew up in Southern Illinois in the towns of Marion and Energy. They never met until after Mike left to join the Air Force in 1966. They married in 1969 and spent the next 20 years traveling and going to where the Air Force said to go, and sometimes travel took them down Route 66. Retirement from the Air Force in 1989 and settling down in Mesa, Arizona meant a change in jobs but it didn’t change their interest in travel. They reconnected with Route 66 in the early 1990s and for the past 30 years or so have traveled and supported Route 66 in many ways. Mike has collected old road maps most of his life and added a Route 66 postcard and match cover collecting hobby about 20 years ago. Those three hobbies have been combined into an interesting and visual display which has been shown at many Route 66 festivals and gatherings. They both enjoy talking to others about Route 66 and sharing their passion for the road. Drop by their display and see if you connect with some of their items.
Steve Rider, Albany, NY
photo of steve rider sitting in a vintage convertibleSteve Rider is a retired teacher from Albany, New York. Steve has been traveling Route 66 since the mid-1990s and has driven all of it, or in parts, nearly 40 times. He has written many Route 66 related articles for Federation News. Steve is one of the partners who bought and saved the Painted Desert Trading Post in Arizona. He has collected Route 66 memorabilia for 30 years and has been a participating contributor to three major museum exhibitions regarding Route 66, and has donated memorabilia to several other museums. Steve has been displaying Route 66 memorabilia at numerous festivals since 2001, including all the Springfield festivals since 2015. He enjoys having something bring back memories to someone visiting his exhibit. Every year Steve brings items that have been popular and also newly displayed items each year. For 2023 he plans to bring back and expand the popular Campbell 66 Express exhibit. He will also bring vintage road signs, some rarely seen maps, and a mix of memorabilia and artifacts including Springfield-related items.
Mark Potter, Vernon, TX
outdoor photo of mark potterMark Potter is a writer and historian of Route 66 and owns an extensive collection of historic memorabilia from all along the route. He has traveled virtually the entire route over all eight states from Chicago to Los Angeles over a period of nearly 30 years and has participated in many Route 66 festivals to display his collection and discuss the route and its people. Potter is also the administrator of the Facebook page Route 66 Factoid.
Mark Mahy (maps, guides, etc.)
Mark Mahy will be displaying his collection of old gas & oil road maps, various tour guides, postcards, directories and more. Mahy also started a ‘Route 66 In Springfield MO’ Facebook page which he promotes and hopes to get more Springfield locals to join it.

Associations & Societies

Route 66 Association of Missouri
route 66 association of missouriThe Route 66 Association of Missouri is a nonprofit organization established to preserve, promote, and develop Historic Route 66 (The Main Street of America) in the “Show-Me” State. Originating from the efforts of dedicated volunteers who realized Historic 66 in Missouri deserved recognition and preservation, the Association became a reality in early 1990 when it began officially with more charter members than any other state Route 66 Association. Today, Association members number 1,100 and reside in over 40 states plus internationally. After several years of work by very dedicated Association members in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation, and after many public meetings in communities along Route 66, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission voted on Nov. 9, 2005, to designate Missouri Historic Route 66 as a Missouri State Byway. The Byway dedication took place May 5, 2006.
The State Historical Society of Missouri
state historical society of missouriFounded in May 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and established as a trustee of the state a year later, The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) is the premier research center for the study of Missouri state and local history. The Society collects, preserves, and publishes materials that enhance research and support learning opportunities in the study of the Midwest. Our mission is to collect, preserve, publish, exhibit, and make available material related to all aspects and periods of Missouri history. SHSMO also seeks to generate interest in and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of the state and its people through education and outreach.
Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society
state historical society of missouriThe Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society grew out of a festival in Lebanon celebrating the 75th birthday of Route 66 on Sept. 8, 2001. The Route 66 Festival committee evolved into the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, with the mission “to educate, preserve, promote and develop Route 66 in Laclede County.” The society was incorporated as a nonprofit with the State of Missouri on Jan. 9, 2003, and is now recognized as a 501 (c)(3), enabling donations to it to be tax-deductible. The society’s first major project was to campaign successfully for the new Lebanon-Laclede County Library to include a Route 66 museum. Society members even drew the preliminary floor plan for the museum, which today is visited by 14,000 Route 66 enthusiasts annually from all over the world.
Kansas Historic Route 66 Association
black and white graphic of kansas u s 66 shield signPromoting, preserving and protecting the 13.2 miles of Route 66 in Kansas.
Oklahoma Route 66 Association
black and white route 66 shield sign with the words oklahoma association around itThe Oklahoma Route 66 Association promotes, enhances, perpetuates and encourages the development of tourism, economic opportunities and historic resources and landmarks along Oklahoma’s section of Route 66, including the counties of: Ottawa, Delaware, Craig, Rogers, Tulsa, Creek, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Canadian, Caddo, Blaine, Custer, Washita, and Beckham. We are a not-for profit organization made up of volunteers who are dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Route 66. As spelled out in our bylaws, the Association is managed by a team of elected officers. The Association also takes part in cooperative efforts that promote the Route’s interests on a national level. Activities include coordination of all statewide efforts, development of events statewide, help in identifying sites of historic or cultural significance and providing assistance to communities along the Route that may wish to develop Route 66 projects. The Association publishes a periodic newsletter that is mailed to our members around the world. We also publish our Official Oklahoma Route 66 Association Trip Guide—a large-format driving aid that is updated every year and is filled with information and maps to inform and enhance the Route 66 experience. We serve as the non-governmental body that coordinates statewide economic development, enhancement, improvement, preservation and recognition of U.S. Route 66 in Oklahoma. In keeping with our mandate, we generate whatever finances and pressures we can to save Route 66 landmarks from decay or destruction.
Ozarks Studies Institute, Springfield, MO
candid outdoor headshot of tom petersThe Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, seeks to preserve the heritage of the Ozarks, its culture, environment, and history by fostering a comprehensive knowledge of the Ozarks’ peoples, places, characteristics, and dynamics. The Institute promotes a sense of place for residents and visitors alike and serves as an educational resource by collecting existing and discovering new knowledge about the Ozarks and by providing access to that knowledge.

Preservation & Tourism

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitor Center, St. Robert, MO
pulaski county missouri u s a, a welcome place in america's heartlandThe Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center’s knowledgeable personnel will help you find all the information you need to plan your vacation here in the heart of the Ozarks. Float and fish along our scenic riverways, play a round of golf, go antiquing, explore museums, take aim at an indoor shooting range, or enjoy one of the local festivals. Discover Pulaski’s 33 miles of Route 66 with 66+ stops, and see our unique sites on the Mother Road including Devils Elbow, Route 66 Neon Wall, Frog Rock and the 8-foot Route 66 Shield that will fill your scrap book with some great memories. Dine and stay in Pulaski, for this central location will find you conveniently in the middle of it all in Missouri! Find more information at, and request a free Historic Route 66 Driving Tour and get away guide for the most Welcome Place in America’s Heartland.
Missouri Division of Tourism, Near Conway, MO
logo: text reading missouri, enjoy the show and multicolor burst from the o in missouriThe Missouri Division of Tourism promotes all of Missouri’s unique travel destinations and road trips, including Route 66. They offer the Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center on I-44 near Conway. Informational materials are provided for all there is to see and do in Missouri. Take a trip down Missouri Route 66, and “Enjoy the Show!
Visit Joplin, Joplin, MO
teal and black graphic of route 66 sheild sign and a star with the words, joplin missouriVisit Joplin MO, the destination experts of Southwest Missouri, are here to help you plan your Journey through Joplin. A crossroads of culture lies tucked away in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri. Interstate 44, Interstate 49, and Historic Route 66 unite in Joplin, Missouri. Adventures can dig into our history, form mining to modern day, experience local cuisine form soul food to gourmet burgers, and appreciate art that inspires and enlightens. The Road will bring you, but the experience will keep you.
City of Lebanon Tourism, Lebanon, MOlebanon missouri, friendly people, friendly placeWith 37 miles of Route 66 to explore, Laclede County welcomes visitors from all over the world! Tour the free Route 66 Museum and gift shop at the Lebanon-Laclede County Library. See the Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen that is in danger of being torn down. Enjoy a race at the NASCAR-sanctioned I-44 Speedway. Stay at the newly restored Lenz Manor. Photograph the iconic neon sign at the Munger Moss Motel. Taste a fried-bologna sandwich at historic Wrinks Market. Pose your car in front of the Route 66 murals at Boswell Park, site of the Lebanon Route 66 Festival on Father’s Day weekend. Check out Shepherd Hills Factory Outlets. Shopping, dining, lodging, antiquing and more await you in Lebanon, the Heart of Route 66!

2022 Exhibit Highlights

Event Details

Exhibits Coordinator

Shirley Robbins:

Aug. 11, 2023

Authors, Artists, Collectors & Associations Friday | 12 – 4 PM

Aug. 12, 2023

Authors, Artists, Collectors & Associations Saturday | 10 AM – 4 PM

Participant & Vendor Info

We’d love to have you be a part of the 2023 event. You will need a Group Sales Event license from the City of Springfield if you are selling a service, face-painting, or merchandise. The minimum, one-month version is only $5! More information, including additional length terms and pricing, is included on the Group Sales Event application.