There were many, many things going on at this year Lincoln Highway Association conference in Ohio, it was hard to keep up with it all! I went on the West tour on Tuesday (Canton to Mansfield on the Lincoln Highway), the East Tour yesterday (Canton to Chester, WV), and took in the two fun evening activities: the Cruise-In and a night at the Palace Theatre downtown. Thursday was a day full of learning with seminars, meetings, and tours that people could take, with our final banquet at the Canton Club. All in all, it was a fantastic conference, thanks to everyone who made it so great!
So in photos, here’s my highlights of the 2012 conference in Canton (Get comfy-I have a few photos to share):
WEST TOUR (TUESDAY):
Our first stop was the Ohio State Reformatory (Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society) in Mansfield, Ohio. The Reformatory doors were opened to its first 150 young offenders in September 1896. After housing over 155,000 men in its lifetime, the doors to the prison closed December 31, 1990. It has the tallest free-standing cell block at six tiers. I have been here before at night, so it was fascinating to see it during the day.
After lunch, our second stop was to Oak Hill Cottage near downtown Mansfield. Originally built in 1847, this home has all of the possessions and furniture that were used in the house by the Jones family for over 100 years. It was one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.
Our last stop on the West tour was in Mifflin, Ohio. This place has some neat historical markers, including a village watering trough that has been preserved near St. Michaels church:
Tuesday evening’s fun was a Cruise-in in downtown Canton. 91 cars from all over came to show off their cars. I was in the book room telling everyone about my project, selling CD’s, and talking with fellow LHA members.
EAST TOUR (WEDNESDAY):
This day we went all the way to Chester, West Virginia, stopping in Lisbon (the 2nd oldest city in Ohio), East Liverpool, Chester, and Robertsville. Our evening was spent at the glorious Palace theatre in downtown Canton touring and taking in a movie. I will post a few photos now for the theatre, but plan to see more video and audio of this beautiful place!
Here are some of my photo highlights of this day:
Thursday was our final day of the conference, which included seminars and our final dinner/awards ceremony. I spent most of my day connecting with people, meeting about the Centennial plans for the conference and how I will be involved with the upcoming celebration in Nebraska next year. This view was magnificent from the roof at the Canton Club, which was where our final banquet took place. Here’s a few photos of that view from the 14th floor.
Again, I had a fabulous time performing and being a part of the conference this year! I hope everyone makes it home safely, and I will see you all soon.