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Friday, September 20, 2013 12:20 AM


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VAN WERT - The Van Wert County Historical Museum met with the Lincoln Highway Association and established the first ever Western Ohio chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association on Tuesday evening. Previously, only an Eastern Ohio chapter and a Mid-Ohio chapter were in existence.

Jim Cassler, president of the Eastern Ohio chapter, was one of several speakers that spoke about the importance of regional chapters.


“We’ve all been talking about what Van Wert has been doing down here,” said Cassler, who is from Canton. “It was wonderful what you guys do here.”


The Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration activities during 2013 have turned people’s heads and brought attention to Van Wert County and its efforts to bring awareness of this historical roadway.

Van Wert Historical Society President Larry Webb noted in the meeting this was something he had been eager to do for nearly eight years, but his efforts never took off until this year with the help of the centennial celebration. Webb has been an important figure in spearheading the efforts to start this chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association and will now lead this new chapter for its first two years as chapter president.

“This year, with the Lincoln Highway’s 100th year, there is more interest than there has ever been,” said Webb. “This is the time to do it.”

Convoy resident Larry Dealey will serve as vice president, with Scott Little from Bluffton acting as secretary/treasurer and Linda Baker from Delphos as program coordinator.

Several prominent members of the Lincoln Highway Association were present at the meeting for the approval of the new chapter, including President of the Lincoln Highway Ohio League Mike Buettner, Ohio Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Director Mike Hocker and Mike McNall, president of the Mid-Ohio group. Both offered ideas for meeting agendas and future program ideas that could be used by the Western Ohio chapter.

Local economical development officials representing CVB, Main Street Van Wert and the County Commissioners were also in attendance to show their support to Webb and his dream for the Lincoln Highway.

Meetings for the Western Ohio chapter will be held on the third Tuesday of every month with rotating locations. The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at a restaurant in Delphos that is yet to be determined. Anyone interested in learning more about the Western Ohio chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association can visit or contact Webb through the Van Wert Convention Visitor’s Bureau.

Last Updated on Friday, September 20, 2013 12:28 AM

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