Our Duarte Garage is a hotspot this year as we celebrate the centennial of the Lincoln Highway dedication. In June, we enjoyed being a stop along the Lincoln Highway Association's 100th Anniversary Tour, with about 60 vehicles stopping in to say "hello" as they made their way towards the Highway's midpoint in Kearney, Nebraska. They met up with a similar group that made the trip from Times Square in New York.
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 31st, we will host Cece Otto, singer/songwriter, who has been touring the Lincoln Highway singing songs about the Highway and songs from the era when the Highway was established. She is a classically trained mezzo-contralto and has a Dual Masters from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Her talents are widely varied, so her calling card says "Professional Artistic Journeywoman." She will sing at the Duarte Garage. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., we will dedicate a Lincoln Highway marker. Cece will sing at 5:00 p.m. We will have a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door to help support both her and the Garage. Visit our website livermorehistory. com or call the History Center for up-to-date information. If you want to check out Cece's blog about traveling and singling along the Lincoln Highway, you will find it at americansongline.net. I have spoken with Cece and she is having a great time on her cross-country trip and is very excited to visit our garage - it may be her only stop in California for the tour.
But that's not all! As lucky as we were to link up with Cece on her musical travels, we also were recently contacted by the Valley Heritage Questers, San Jose's Questers group. Betty Miller, a Questers Member, has had a Lincoln Highway marker in her yard for a number of years that came from her parents house in Crockett. Betty's family believes the marker was one of the ones installed along the road in Crockett and removed as part of more modern work on the roadway. As you will read in Jason's excellent Lincoln Highway article here, a faction of the disbanded Lincoln Highway Association re-routed the road in 1928 across the Carquinez Bridge, which takes it right through Crockett. That diversion (its legitimacy is still in question) was unfortunate for Livermore, because 1928 is when the Boy Scouts installed the concrete Lincoln Highway markers all along the route from coast to coast. Due to the re-routing, Crockett got concrete markers and we did not.
Back to Betty. Based on a visit that the Valley Heritage Questers made to the Garage earlier this year, Betty decided that the Guild was the best custodian for her marker and worked with her group and our Guild to arrange the donation. I am pretty sure that Betty had no intention of inserting herself or the Questers into the politics of the Highway rerouting, but I'd like to think that bringing the Crockett marker to Livermore helps us reclaim a little bit of the highway that we allegedly lost in 1928. And so, on the same day that Cece Otto will travel the Highway to come sing in our garage, the Questers will have a donation ceremony to officially transfer Betty's concrete marker to the Duarte Garage. In the photo to the right, you will see this original marker (short) next to the model of a marker (tall) that our ingenious Garage Crew created for the visit of the Centennial Caravan. Visit them when you come to the Garage for the songs and dedication on August 31st. See you there!
The Livermore Cultural Arts Council (LCAC) is a collection of many of the local arts and culture organizations, and the Heritage Guild is a member. It gives us a forum for discussing common problems, creating collaborations and finding other ways to support art and culture in Livermore. The Guild has benefitted from this organization directly as a recent recipient of a grant to help with the completion of our History Mobile. This month, LCAC gave its member organizations an opportunity to get their message out by putting up an exhibit in the Livermore Library gallery (to the right as you enter the library). The Guild has two panels there, and it is a good opportunity to see some of the other organizations that work to keep arts and culture active in Livermore.
Speaking of exhibits, we have a new one of our own at the History Center. Alicia Eltgroth, docent and active volunteer, has created a display of clothing showing what would have been worn 100 years ago when the Lincoln Highway was dedicated. It is interesting to see where fashion has kept the thread, so to speak, and where it has diverged distinctly. In particular, some of the women's clothing is somewhat recognizable, but the women's swimsuit is a dramatic reminder of . how times have changed. Drop in and take a look.
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