Franklin Grove’s Lincoln Highway Mural dedication May 18

Staff Report

FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. — The dedication of Franklin Grove’s new Lincoln Highway Mural will take place in the middle of one of the most event-filled days in recent memory. The mural dedication, with the expected attendance of a host of government officials and business leaders, will take place in downtown Franklin Grove, Ill., in the midst of the village’s Second Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 18.

The mural, created by Shawcraft Signs of Machesney Park, Ill., is the 29th in a statewide series by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition (ILHC). Information about the mural program and many other ILHC programs is available at

Companion events held on the festive day by the National Lincoln Highway Association celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway include a statewide auto tour, a special historic presentation by Lyle Headon at the Creston Opera House, an additional evening car show at Van Bauer Plaza in DeKalb, Ill., and a special musical show by the famed musical group Switchback Saturday evening at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb. Detailed information is available at and

The public is invited to this historic event to celebrate Lincoln Highway Field Secretary Henry Ostermann’s 1914 visit to Franklin Grove and the mural celebrating that event 99 years later.

The weekend’s activities will conclude Sunday, May 19, with Book Talks and Signings, The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago by Cynthia Ogorek and The Boys in Chicago Heights: The Forgotten Crew of the Chicago Outfit by Matthew Luzi, 7:30 p.m., Frankfort Park District Founders Room, 140 Oak St.

Posted May 15, 2013

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