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Race to finish the Lincoln Highway Ostermann Monument Site Renovation

It’s May in Indiana, so attention has turned to anticipation surrounding who will qualify for the100th running of Carl Fisher’s Indianapolis 500 race on May 29th, and who will persevere to Victory Lane.

In Northwest Indiana, another race is underway along the Ideal Section of Carl Fisher’s Lincoln Highway—the race to complete the renovations at the site of the Henry C. Ostermann Memorial Seat and the Ideal Section Monument before the official September 17th dedication. Generous in-kind and monetary donations have enabled qualifying renovations to date which include the removal and refinishing of the five historical plaques (four bronze and one aluminum), cleaning, tuck-pointing, and adding a protective coating to the stone monuments, excavation of the flagstone steps and terrace, removal of non-original trees and vegetation, completion of a sidewalk to improve access, and development of interpretive panels and restoration of a Lincoln Highway concrete post to enhance the site.

Now we’re ready for the race to the finish line: professional re-installation of the plaques, fabrication of the interpretive panels and mounting posts, repairs for the steps and terrace and some final landscaping will cost about $2,000. Remaining balance in the account plus new donations from the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association members bring the total needed down to about $1,000. Tax-deductible donations of any size at any time are welcome, but reaching the checkered flag by May 29th will assure that we have the time needed to complete the project by September.

Contributions can be made by check payable to INLHA and sent to Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, 402 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601. You can also pay by PayPal using the Donate button on our homepage, even if you do not have a PayPal account. Just mention that your contribution is for the Ostermann Bench in the PayPal comments section.

Thanks for your help in driving the Ostermann/Ideal Section Restoration Project to Victory Lane!

See the attached PDF for photos of the progress to date.  Please share this with other interested persons/groups.

Thank You!
Indiana Lincoln Highway Association

Ostermann bench 1924 LH Guide

Ostermann bench 1924 LH Guide


AmazonSmile – Your online purchases can help the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association

The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association is a non-profit organization, and relies on membership, donations in cash and in-kind, and the occasional grant for funding. We have a lot of ongoing projects, and this is another way you can help when you buy products online from Amazon. Use the AmazonSmile homepage when you shop and
Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Indiana Lincoln HIghway Association. Please bookmark this link for all your future Amazon shopping – thanks:

We’re Goin’ to Goshen

The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association will be having its Spring Meeting in Downtown Goshen on May 14, 2016, starting at 9:00 am EST. All are welcome to attend. Here’s the agenda:
9:00 – 9:30 – Gather at the LH Gazebo, Fidler Pond Park, 1424 Lincolnway East, Goshen, 46526
9:30 – 9:45 Adjourn to Goshen Historical Society building at 124 S. Main St (Park in City Parking Lot at 5th and Washington)
10:00 – 12:00 Walking tour of downtown led by Goshen Historical Society members – Includes police booth, second floor project, Goshen Theater, Goshen Historical Society Museum
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch at Mattern’s, 201 S. Main St ($16, includes entrée, beverage, tax, and gratuity)
1:15 – 2:30 Corridor Management Plan presentation, Kurt Garner @ The Exchange, 212 S. Main St
2:30 – 3:30  INLHA Annual Meeting ~ INLHA updates, adoption of Bylaws, election of officers and more
IN-GoshenPlease return the reservation form with your meal selection and a check, as linked below, by 05/11/2016:
2016 INLHA Spring Meeting Reservation Form

You can also pay by using the PayPal “Donate” button on our Home page. Just include your information in the Comments section on PayPal.

Indiana Byways Bicentennial Passport–an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project

Summer is just around the corner but that doesn’t mean you can’t start making plans for a road trip using the Indiana Byways Bicentennial Passport–an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.

Passports and boxesVisit the website below to get started, watch the video, and be sure to then click on the Lincoln Highway to see the 10 sites along both routes of the Lincoln Highway Byway. Pick up a Passport at any of the listed locations (a small $2 donation is encouraged) and be sure to get it stamped while there, and at the other sites as well.

While we are naturally partial to the Lincoln Highway Byway, this is a joint effort between all seven Indiana Byways. When you’ve completed the Lincoln Highway, there are great sites listed on the other Byways too.

It’s a Road Trip 200 Years in the Making!



The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association (INLHA) is leading efforts to preserve America’s first coast-to-coast highway, promote tourism along it, tell its history, and expand ways to enjoy today’s routes.

As we look forward to the coming years, there are many new and ongoing projects and opportunities.  We are now an Indiana Scenic BYWAY, which allows us to produce and display new route signs, as well as to provide easier access to attractions to see and do along and near the two Indiana routes.

We ask you to take a moment to look down the road with us . . . to imagine what a planned gift could do to support our work.  We’ve listed on the document linked below some planned giving methods often used by individuals and families to help support a favorite charity.  Please consider which of them might be right for you. We also recommend that you consult your tax accountant or lawyer about your planned giving goals.

INLHA Planned Giving

Please help us sign the Indiana Lincoln Highway Byway

In 1928, when the Boy Scouts of America traveled across the USA placing cement Lincoln Highway markers on the Lincoln Highway routes, they probably never dreamed of the profound positive impact those markers, their efforts and the Lincoln Highway would have on so many people through the generations. Now, YOU have an historic opportunity to help purchase signs to mark the Lincoln Highway. And, it will be in time to mark Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2016! We need to work fast to get this accomplished. . . .

As you may know, in 2012 our two Indiana Lincoln Highway routes were designated as a state BYWAY, and we are in the process of completing a Corridor Management Plan. This is being accomplished through the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association (INLHA), an organization working to preserve and celebrate the legacy of the nation’s first transcontinental highway as well as our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Indiana is fortunate to not only be the birthplace of the Lincoln Highway, but to have both an original “northern” route and a more direct “southern” route. In 2013, we celebrated the Lincoln Highway’s centennial year: it was in late 1912 that Hoosier Carl Fisher gathered a group of fellow auto magnates in Indianapolis to share his vision of a coast-to-coast tribute to the nation’s 16th president with the official route following and named in mid-1913. You can learn more about the INLHA, our BYWAY award, and the transcontinental Lincoln Highway at our website, www.indianalincolnhighway.org

Lincoln Highway SIGN v4Now, we need your help to provide funds for the INLHA to purchase 170 BYWAY signs to be placed along Indiana’s Lincoln Highway routes. These new INDOT-approved BYWAY signs will be strategically placed on the LH in order to help direct those who are visiting. Each BYWAY sign with directional arrow costs $70. Will you consider purchasing one, two or more of these LH BYWAY signs? Our goal is to purchase $12,000 worth of these BYWAY signs.

Our INLHA Board members have already begun the momentum for this project to succeed by providing the cash for purchasing several signs! Won’t you help us to reach our goal for this project by providing funds to purchase a sign? Please complete the  INLHA Donation Form to be part of Lincoln Highway history. Download it online here at:

You can also donate online at our home page using the PayPal Donate button. Just include the requested information in the PayPal comments section.

If you have questions, contact Jeff Blair at jeffblair87@gmail.com . Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please note that the date to return your INLHA BYWAY Sign Donation Form is December 31, 2015.

2015 Indiana Lincoln Highway Association board members: Jeff Blair, Bruce Butgereit, Joyce Chambers, Lynne McKenna-Frazier, Rose Fritzinger, Beverly Gillespie, Deb Parcell, Russell Rein, George Rogge, and Judy Wood

Please join us for the INLHA Fall Meeting in Merrillville, IN

Exploring the Lincoln Highway in Lake County INLHA Fall Gathering
Saturday, October 10, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT
Merrillville – Ross Township Historical Society Museum
13 W. 73rd Avenue, Merrillville, IN
$15.00 includes lunch and toursLH poster 1014

• Prior to 9:30 am: On your own visit Schererville, the Ostermann Memorial Bench, Ideal Section, and Dyer.

• 9:30 – 10:00: Meet at and tour the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Society Museum, 13 West 73rd Ave., Merrillville, IN.

• 10:00 – 11:50: INLHA Business Meeting at the museum with the first look at the draft of the IN LH Byway Corridor Management Plan, and updates on other projects/initiatives.

• 12:00 – 12:50: Lunch at Delta Restaurant, about 1 mile from the Museum at 7600 Broadway, Merrillville.

• 12:50: Enjoy a fall drive along the Lincoln Highway.

• 1:00 – 1:30: Stop at Merrillville Cemetery, 2305 E. 73rd, – Civil War graves, etc.

• 1:30 – 2:00: Visit the historic 1876 Boyd home which housed Lincoln Highway travelers in the early days. Now the home/business of INLHA Board member George Rogge at 1500 E. 73rd Ave in Merrillville.

• 2:00 – 3:00: Tour the Wood’s Historic Grist Mill in Deep River County Park at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop will be open.

Cost for the day is $15 which includes tours, lunch entree, beverage, tax and gratuity. Please use the registration form, a PDF that you can download here: http://indianalincolnhighway.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Merrillville-invite.pdf
and send a check payable to INLHA to Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, 402 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601 by October 7. Or you can use the Donate button at the bottom of our home page via PayPal. In the PayPal remarks reference the Fall Meeting, and include your name, address and phone number. You can pay via our Donate button by your checking, saving or credit card account, even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

                     We hope you can join us for these educational events!Merrillville

Come to the Crossroads – INLHA Spring Gathering

Please join us for the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association Spring Gathering on Saturday, May 16, 2015 – from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at the Marshall County Museum & Historic Crossroads Center, 123 N. Michigan St, Plymouth, IN – $12.00 includes lunch and tours.
Michigan St Plymouth 1947
Join us at the intersection of the Lincoln Highway and the Historic Michigan Road/Dixie Highway for a walking tour of downtown led by Kurt Garner, box lunch, INLHA Annual Meeting, silent auction, and tours of the Marshall County Museum’s Crossroads Center and Train Room with working model trains. Hear updates on INLHA projects, the Corridor Management Plan, and the 2015 LHA Conference in Ann Arbor/Detroit, and participate in the election of officers.

Cost for the day is $12 which includes lunch and tours. Reservation deadline is May 11 – you can download the registration form here:

You can also pay the $12 via the PayPal donation link on our homepage:
And e-mail your registration information to:

• Before 9:30 – Visit Plymouth Farmers Market (optional)
• 9:30 – 10:00 – Gather at the Marshall County Museum ~ refreshments, browse silent auction items
• 10:00 – 11:30 – Guided walking tour of downtown Plymouth led by Kurt Garner
• 11:30 – 12:30 – Box lunch at the Museum
• 12:30 – 1:00 – Visit Train Room display of running model trains
• 1:00 – 2:30 – INLHA Annual Meeting ~ INLHA Updates, election of officers, silent auction
• 2:30 – 3:30 – Tour Historic Crossroads displays and other Museum exhibits

We encourage you to bring an item for the silent auction, and drive your vintage car for display. Questions? Call 574-210-6278.