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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Route 66 summer series tonight at museum

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  • The Greater Southwest Historical Museum continues its summer speaker series — Gettin' Your Kicks on Route 66 — tonight with Pat Smith, director of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, speaking about the museum and the history of the famous Mother Road.
    The summer series focuses on the enduring appeal and cultural significance of Route 66 in America. Oklahoma boasts more miles of the historic highway than any of the other seven states included in the 2,448 miles as the Main Street of America stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles.
    Smith is a native Oklahoman who grew up on a farm along Route 66 between Clinton and Weatherford. She began working for the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1991 at the Western Trails Museum in Clinton. In 1933, she was actively involved with efforts to redevelop the museum in order to switch its focus to the history of Route 66 from beginning to end. Smith has served as director of the museum since 1999.
    "It is a pleasure to have a fellow museum director here to speak on such an interesting topic," says GSHM museum director Michael Anderson. "Oklahoma has more miles of Route 66 than any other state, and exploring its development and heyday provide a fascinating window on what was going on in our state and the nation at that time."
    The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments and drinks will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. To ask questions, contact the museum at (580) 226-3857 or gshm@cableone.net. The museum is located at 35 Sunset Drive in Ardmore.

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