Remembering Route 66 with Leslie Goddard


LA SALLE - The LaSalle Public Library will virtually host historian Leslie Goddard on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. for her unique program about Route 66 or the Mother Road.

The name evokes images of gas stations, mom-and-pop motels, quirky attractions and adventure on the open road. In this nostalgia-packed program, Goddard, will explore the history of Route 66, the iconic road that linked Chicago to Los Angeles from 1926 until its closing in the mid-1980s. Find out why Route 66 remains so indelibly associated with the lore of the American road trip.

Goddard is a scholar and an award-winning actress who has been presenting history programs for more than 10 years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history as well as a master’s degree in theater. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on history and currently works full-time as an author and public speaker. Her programs have been presented for hundreds of museums, libraries, senior centers, clubs, and other organizations around the country.

This program is free and open to all. To attend, register online at

For more information, please contact the LaSalle Public Library at (815) 223-2341.