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The Big Read - 100 Years of Highway

Event Type: For Adults
Age Group(s): Adults, All
Date: 4/30/2014
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 Before interstates and federal highways were distinguished by numbers—I57 or I55, for instance—these roads were christened with colorful names that reflected the personality of the land surrounding it. How this evolved is a fascinating combination of stories about road-building, community public relations, and changing ideas about travel in America. Learn about the development of early roads and highways, the "Good Roads" movement, and the interests that led to the creation of the named highways and eventually to the numbering systems. Celebrate the Illinois highway system's 100th anniversary by reflecting on how changes in American culture and society have impacted transportation in Illinois, and consequently, millions of Americans today. Presented by Road Scholar Larry McClellan.

**Due to the library renovation, this program will take place at the Downers Grove Park District Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road**

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