Flyer for the event. – Courtesy illustration

Internationally, Route 66 is viewed as an expression of something uniquely American — a blend of freedom, the open road and adventure. Signs for the highway can be found all over Europe and Asia, and the myth of Route 66 draws hundreds of thousands of people to make their own journey every year. However, the actual experience of traveling and living along the Mother Road has always been greatly impacted by race and gender. From the Spicer family traveling on Route 66 from California back to the South to the Sakatani family during WWII, and the women who played a seminal role at the Southwest Museum (Los Angeles’ first museum), Route 66 has been a mirror that reflects national tendencies towards progress and regression, towards equality and hate.

Looking at history through local women’s lives is a unique approach to understanding some of the most significant events of the 20th century. The panel begins at 11 a.m. on June 27. RSVP at the link below to take part in a discussion with filmmaker Katrina Parks and distinguished panelists: archivist Marva Felchlin, historian Susie Ling, third generation Monrovia resident Keiko Sakatani, Councilmember Larry Spicer and author Candacy Taylor.

This event and the films featured in it are made possible with support from The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the NPS’ Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, California Humanities and Cinefemme.

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