MONTEZUMA — The world-famous Route 66 history comes alive at the Stauth Memorial Museum.

NRG! Exhibits’ "America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66" exhibition is on display now through Oct. 5.

The exhibit will include photographs, narrative, music and objects from the Route 66 heyday for all ages to enjoy.

According to Stauth Museum director Kim Legleiter, Route 66 is emblematic of the American experience. Nearly every aspect of 20th century United States history is reflected in the story of the people and events along the Mother Road.

"Those who take the journey down Route 66 today can still explore the Main Street of America," Legleiter said. "Nearly a hundred years of highway culture can be found, whether a thriving relic or decaying ruin.

"Thousands of people from around the country and around the world drive all or portions of the Route each year.

"The highway stretches 2,448 miles and crosses through eight states, tracing the migration of people from the Midwest to the Pacific coast."

Also on display during the exhibit will be an original, non-restored 1965 Ford Mustang.

"This car was used on a Route 66 road trip during the summer of 2010," Legleiter said. "Exhibit developers traveled the remnants of Route 66 and recorded their experiences in photos and text that were compiled for the exhibit and are now posted at"

A grant from The Arthur and Cornelia Scroggins Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas partially funded the "America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66" exhibit.

Exhibit touring information is organized by NRG! Exhibits of Kirkland, Wash.

For more information, contact Seth Leary at 425-827-7617 or via email at

The Stauth Museum asks that people call in advance for groups of five or more, with tours and groups welcome by appointment.

Contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour.

Hours for the Stauth Museum, 111 N. Aztec St. in Montezuma, are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and all major holidays.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help pay for the exhibit.

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