COLUMBIA, Mo. — U.S. Highway 66, fondly called “Route 66” or “The Mother Road,” is celebrating its centennial in 2026.

To prepare for the iconic road’s 100th anniversary, the State Historical Society of Missouri is launching a Route 66 collecting initiative focused on preserving the road’s history within the state. Examples of items the Society seeks to collect include photographs, postcards, film and home videos along the route, records of roadside businesses, oral histories of people who traveled or worked along the road, small souvenirs or artifacts, artwork and architectural drawings of iconic structures and places.

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