Insight into the highway that intersects North East will be shared by Bryan Farr, president of the Historic U.S. Route 20 Association, at a presentation hosted by the North East Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.
The program, open to the public, will be held in the all-purpose room of the First Baptist Church, South Lake Street, to accommodate social distancing.
Attendees are asked to wear face masks.
“Did you know: You can drive U.S. Route 20 all the way from Boston to Newport, Oregon,” Dick Tefft, North East Historical Society board member, said. “The longest road in the U.S., Route 20, is 3,365 miles long. Come and hear about the history of the road from an early Native American trail to an early concourse for transcontinental travel.”
Farr has traveled Route 20, which crosses 12 states, numerous times and his in-depth details of history and culture have captivated audiences of all ages.
Assorted fun facts – the meaning of the number 20, locations along Route 20 that are connected to President Abraham Lincoln and the newest national park along Route 20 – will be part of the hourlong program that will be followed by a question/answer session.
Attendance to the program is free, though donations to the organization can be made.
The nonprofit U.S. Route 20 Historic Association has presented programs to the National Park Service as well as school groups, libraries, civic organizations and historical societies across the United States.
They focus on the overall history of the highway with an emphasis for the locations where its program is given.
“Historic U.S. Route 20: A Journey Across America’s Longest Highway,” a book published by the association, will be available for purchase at the program.