Please consider the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association for your year-end giving

Accomplishment of the INLHA’s objectives for 2018 will require support from each of our members and friends! As you plan your year-end giving please consider how you can help us attain our goals. The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association is a 501(c)(3) corporation, making donations tax deductible to the extent of the law.

You can make donations by sending a check to our address below, or online with PayPal by clicking the “Donate” button on our homepage. You can pay by credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

Indiana Lincoln Highway Association,
801 W. Washington St.
South Bend, 46601

Thanks in advance for your ongoing support of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association!

Please review our homepage for the year-end letter from our President Debra Parcell.

A 2014 year end note from our President – Jeff Blair

As you plan for the year-end Holidays, please take a moment to say thank you in yourLH-holiday-sign own way to the members and officers of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association. We have a lot going on here in Indiana just now, as you can see from the Highlights of 2014 list on on our Home Page. And unfortunately, each of these events and projects carries a cost. If you can see fit to provide a year-end tax deductible donation of any amount to help us along on these projects so we can see the benefits over the next year, we would be so grateful. Just make your checks out to INLHA and mail them to our office at 402 W. Washington, South Bend, IN 46601 in the enclosed envelope. Or if you are a PayPal or credit card user, just use our handy PayPal Donate button on our Home Page. Bless you for being an INLHA member and/or for anything you can do to assist our efforts at preservation and tourism! Happy Holidays!

Join us at the Fall INLHA meeting in Mishawaka – Saturday, September 13, 2015

The Fall Gathering of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association is fast approaching! Join us for a day of exploring the Lincoln Highway and other historic sites in and around Mishawaka and eastern St. Joseph County, enjoying lunch at a restaurant in downtown Mishawaka, and hearing news and updates about INLHA projects and activities. Registration deadline is September 9. Click here for the registration form.
If you have questions, contact Joyce Chambers at or 574-276-0878.


9:45 am (EDT) – Gather at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, IN
574-259-5277 Mishawaka – Penn – Harris Public Library – A lifetime of learning.

10:00 am – Bus Tour of Mishawaka and the Lincoln Highway in eastern St. Joseph County – $5.00/person (plus optional tip for driver)
Driver – Kevin Bechtel of 21 Express
Tour Guides – our own INLHA members and native Mishawakans: Joyce Chambers (LHA – State Director) and Judy Wood (INLHA Treasurer)

11:30 am – Return to the Library – Walk around the Library! Restroom Break! Walk 1/2 block to Smith’s Downtown restaurant

12:00 noon – Lunch at Smith’s Downtown restaurant
110 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, IN
We will order from the menu.

1:45 pm – Return to the Library for the INLHA Fall Meeting in the Spencer Gallery (lower level – there is an elevator).
Updates on the Indiana Lincoln Highway Byway Corridor Management Plan, Ostermann Monument restoration project, BlairWalk 2, Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale, 2015 LHA Conference in Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI hosted by the INLHA, and more.

We hope to see YOU in Mishawaka!

Lincoln Highway Buy-Way

buywayvmed(edited)The  2014 Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard sale dates are  August 7, 8, and 9. The event is piloted by the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway.
More information and Ohio listings can be found at:
Iowa information may be found at:
Illinois listings:

Here are the Indiana listings we have so far:

1. Merrillville / August 9: Rogge – Boyd Homestead, multi-vendor sale, 1500 E. 73rd Ave., Merrillville, Old Lincoln Highway and I-65, 8 am – 5 pm
Contact:  George Rogge, 219-781-5953,
Vendor space (10 X 10 foot) available for $20 cash or checks made payable to INLHA. Funds will be donated to the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and the Merrillville Preservation Commission. No fireworks or firearms. Everything gone by 6:00 pm.

2. Bourbon / August 7, 8 & 9: 11526 Gumwood Rd., Bourbon, IN 46504, 9 am – 5 pm
Contact: Judy McCollough, 574-342-5378,
NE corner of Lincoln Highway and Gumwood Rd. in Marshall County.
“We plan to have a large variety of items for sale in a wide price range from a 2-drawer file cabinet and misc. office items to collections of pigs, playing cards, old banks, canes and misc. kitchen collectibles. Possibly a limited number of primitives. (very little in the way of clothing). Just a short distance west of the sale site, travelers will find an old shed with a fading “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco” sign facing the highway. Soybeans are planted in the adjacent field so the sign is quite visible.”

3. Kimmell / August 8, 9 am – 3 pm, August 9, 9 am -2 pm: Sparta United Church of Christ, 2584 North US 33
Marlene Goodrich, 260-799-5864

Additional Indiana listings can be made by commenting below on this blog page, or by e-mail to:

Blairwalk 2014 – Another big success!

Blairwalk 2 was completed in May and raised over $12,000. Jeff Blair, Indiana Lincoln Highway Association (INLHA) President, walked form Dyer, IN to the Ohio border (152 miles roughly) along the 1928 alignment of the Lincoln Highway to raise awareness and funds for both the INLHA and the Alzheimer’s Association. Jeff reported good weather for bw2the most part and wonderful Hoosier hospitality in every way. He even went “national” being interviewed by Dave Nemo for Sirius radio one morning.

This is Jeff’s second walk on the LH having completed the 171 mile walk along the original 1912 route of the LH in 2011. He wants to thank all of those who walked along with him, those who made donations for these causes, his wife for putting up with his shenanigans, and the many people who welcomed him into their businesses, museums, restaurants and hotels along the way. The INLHA offers a big thanks to Jeff for this wonderful project!

Jeff is on the move – Blairwalk 2014 has begun!

Jeff Blair has begun his walk across the Lincoln Highway in Indiana following the 1928 route. Today Jeff visited the St. John Township School District #2 (1853 to 1907) school house located at 1515 W. Lincoln Highway in Schererville, Indiana. This one-room school house is currently used as an educational field trip for St. John Township fourth grade students. It is run by retired teachers, who wear period clothing, to demonstrate what life was like for students in the 1800s.
Blair at St John's 1There is still time to pledge for this project. Help the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association raise the matching funds necessary to receive our National Parks Service Byway Grant for a Corridor Management Study. Your support is appreciated. You can pledge by PayPal on our home page:
Blair at St John's 2

Hacienda Gives Back Day ~ April 8, 2015

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant on Lincolnway West at Center St. in Mishawaka, IN will donate 20% of each purchase (dine in or carryout) made on April 8, 2014 to the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association for customers using the coupons below.
INLHA will also receive 20% of any gift card purchases made at the Mishawaka location on April 8th. Hacienda also has restaurants in Elkhart, Evansville, Goshen, Kokomo, Michigan City, Plymouth, South Bend and Warsaw; so you can buy a gift card in Mishawaka on April 8th and use it later at any one of its other locations. You can also purchase a gift card through the INLHA via Judy Wood by sending her a check so that she receives it by April 7th. Just download and print this pdf form and send it to Judy:

Feel free to copy and distribute the coupons beforehand as they will NOT be given out at Hacienda on April 8th. If you have questions or want to purchase gift cards, contact Judy Wood at 574-259-5137574-259-5137.

Need more coupons – download and print this pdf with six:
Hacienda coupon


Blairwalk 2 is coming soon — April 25 – May 5, 2014

Jeff Blair, the President of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association is walking across Indiana again. This time he is walking the 1928 route of Indiana Lincoln Highway. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds which will be divided equally between the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. You can read more out it on our home page, where you can pledge and contribute via the PayPal link.

Also visit Jeff’s Blog:
Download the pledge form:

Here is Jeff’s schedule:bw2
April 25         Dyer to Merrillville                  11 miles
April 26         Merrillville to Valparaiso         15 miles
April 27         Valparaiso to Hanna              12 miles
April 28         Hanna to Hamlet                    13 miles
April 29         Hamlet to Plymouth               15 miles
April 30         Plymouth to Etna Green        15 miles
May 1            Etna Green to Warsaw          15 miles
May 2            Warsaw to Columbia City      17 miles
May 3            Columbia City to Ft Wayne    14 miles
May 4            Ft Wayne to New Haven         13 miles
May 5            New Haven to IN/OH border   14 miles



Please Help The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and Byway

LH-holiday-sign2014 holds an exciting opportunity for the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association (INLHA), but we need your assistance.  We have the really good fortune to have been awarded a $65,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation and administered through INDOT for the purpose of creating a Corridor Management Plan for our official BYWAY along both the 1913 and 1928 versions of the Lincoln Highway through Indiana. Here is where you come in…we need to provide 20% in matching funds in order to receive the grant funds, so we must raise $13,000 as soon as possible. We have over $6000 pledged thus far from our own treasury, INLHA member donations, a supporting Foundation, Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and cities.

Can you help us with a donation? Even $5 or $10 would greatly help. All donations are tax deductible, as the INLHA is a 501 (c) (3) organization for IRS purpose. You can use the PayPal button at the bottom of our website home page, even if you don’t have PayPal account:

Thanks and Happy Holidays and New Year!

Nominations sought for INLHA Board of Directors

This notice is to inform the INLHA general membership that the Nominating Committee will accept nominations until March 31, 2013, to fill expiring or vacant INLHA board of director positions.

All nominations should be accompanied by the following:

  1. A statement as to why the candidate would make a good director.
  2. A short biographical sketch about the candidate.
  3. A statement from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve.

Please send this information by e-mail or regular mail to:
Indiana Lincoln Highway Association

     402 W. Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601
     (574) 210-6278

Indiana Lincoln Highway Association Board of Directors Job Description:

Mission: The mission of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association is to preserve, promote, and mark the Lincoln Highway route across Indiana and educate the general public on the various routes and related historical resources.

Term of Office
: Three years commencing after election at the Spring Annual Meeting


  •     Be a member of the INLHA
  •     Attend quarterly INLHA Board meetings – some are teleconferences at the board       member’s expense
  •     Attend membership meetings – Fall Event and Spring Annual Meeting
  •     Fulfill assignments as designated by the Board of Directors