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Route 66 Exhibit Opening

2012-10-01 20:33:04

SAPULPA, Okla. - The Sapulpa Historical Museum announced a photography exhibit all through the month of October, with the official open house date of Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m., featuring photos taken by photography professor Natalie Green and her 17 students featuring Historical Route 66 landmarks.

We started at the Catoosa Whale and ended at Pops Convenience Store/Restaurant, said Green.

Pops is known for having the largest soda selection around.

The students and Green were lead by the Eastern Vice President for Oklahoma Route 66 Association Brad Nickson. Green said this portion of the exhibit featured Route 66 West. There will also be an exhibit of the historical route 66 East.

I was originally inspired to start this project because of the long trip and because there is something interesting to see at every mile.

The inspiration for U.S. Route 66 US 66 or Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was a highway within the U.S. Highway System.

One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles.

Photography is Greens life and she considers the photography business as her livelihood. She opened Apertures Photo in May of 1990 after almost a year of planning.

I have had a passion for photography from childhood using my first Kodak Brownie camera during my scouting years, then got hooked on a Nikonos, and found myself teaching underwater photography for a few years, Green said.

She taught herself how to process slides, then put together a color darkroom in my basement and enjoyed producing R-prints. She developed her first b/w roll in 1978 and took a class at Philbrook to learn how to make fiber prints.

She has attended many workshops over the years including Ansel Adams Workshop in Yosemite, and a National Geographic Workshop held in Colorado. She also attended OSU-Okmulgee where she studied Photography Technology including large format and alternative processes such as Platinum and Palladium printing.

She was awarded the Jingle Feldman Visual Artist Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, for a project she had been working on using Polaroid film and turning my image to art.

She has taught many classes over the years to promote photography. She currently teaches at Tulsa Community College.

I enjoy teaching photography and still have a great passion for this craft, Green said.

She teaches Wedding, Art of Seeing, Architecture, Business, Urban Images, Art of Posing, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Digital. Private sessions are available too.

Historians said the officially recognized birthplace of U.S. Route 66, it was in Springfield, Mo. on April 30, 1926 that officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. A placard in Park Central Square was dedicated to the city by the Route 66 Association of Missouri, and traces of the "Mother Road" are still visible in downtown Springfield along Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, College and St. Louis streets and on Missouri 266 to Halltown, Mo.

Championed by Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery when the first talks about a national highway system began, U.S. 66 was first signed into law in 1927 as one of the original U.S. Highways, although it was not completely paved until 1938. Avery was adamant that the highway have a round number and had proposed number 60 to identify it.

A controversy erupted over the number 60, largely from delegates from Kentucky which wanted a Virginia Beach-Los Angeles highway to be U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 between Chicago and Springfield, Mo. Arguments and counter-arguments continued and the final conclusion was to have US 60 run between Virginia Beach, Va., and Springfield, Mo., and the Chicago-L.A. route be U.S. 62.

Avery settled on "66" (which was unassigned) because he thought the double-digit number would be easy to remember as well as pleasant to say and hear.

It is really a breathtaking ride and it would be great to stop anywhere you wanted to take a picture, Green said. It was sad for all when we had to turn around and drive back to Tulsa. You want to keep going and going and going down Route 66.

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