The Clay County Historical Society will meet July 10 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the museum on National Avenue. The guest speaker will be Joe Jarzen, executive director of the Indiana National Road Association. He will talk about the history of U.S. 40 and the celebration of the bicentennial of the road in 2006.
U.S. 40 is one of 27 All-American Roads in the National Scenic Byways program. It is promoted by the Indiana National Road Association and the National Road Alliance. Many events have and will mark this year for the highway that traverses almost 900 miles across America. Many people will watch vintage automobiles, shop yard sales and antique stores and visit art shows.
The Indiana National Road Association was created in 1994 as a community-based, not-for-profit organization to represent people who live near or own businesses along the Historic National Road in Indiana. Today, INRA is an affiliate organization of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.
The INRA has gained state and national attention for the National Road. The Indiana section was awarded State Scenic Byway status in 1996 and was named a National Scenic Byway in 1998. In 2002, the entire Historic National Road, from Maryland to Illinois, was recognized as an All-American Road for its historical and cultural significance, becoming the longest byway with the greatest number of states to receive the honor.
The Aug. 7 meeting of the historical society will be at 6 p.m. at the Forest Park Park Cabins. In case of rain, the meeting will be at the museum.