Authors Pen New Book on Route 66 in Kansas

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Cheryl Eichar Jett, of Edwardsville, Illinois, and Joe Sonderman, of Hazelwood, Missouri, have authored a new book on Route 66 just released by Arcadia Publishing entitled Route 66 in Kansas.
Book signings by one of the authors, Cheryl Eichar Jett, have been announced at the following venues: Carthage Art Walk, historic downtown Carthage MO, Friday, July 22, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm; Galena Mining and Historical Museum, Galena KS, Saturday, July 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm; and Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, Baxter Springs KS, Sunday, July 24, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Out of the 2,448 miles of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, Kansas can claim just 13.2. Jett and Sonderman got used to the jokes while researching and writing the book, such as, “A book on Route 66 in Kansas? That’ll be a short one!” Undeterred, the two collected over 200 vintage photos, many never before published, from Kansas institutions and collectors. Repeated research trips resulted in a book which tells the stories of wild mining and cow towns, a Civil War massacre, and history of the famous highway through the southeast corner of Kansas.
Jett and Sonderman’s first collaboration for Arcadia Publishing, Route 66 in Illinois, was published in 2014. Jett is the author of six books and is a regular contributor to several regional publications. She serves as board member with Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and as president of Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor. Sonderman is the author of more than a dozen books on Route 66 and is a regular contributor to several Route 66 publications, including one for which he serves as editor. He is also known as a major collector of Route 66 memorabilia, much of which is featured in the Missouri History Museum’s new exhibit, Route 66: Main Street through St. Louis.

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