From days of the earliest motorcars American tourists have been hitting the road. At first the road trip was a folly for the wealthy, as early cars were very expensive and most roads were not paved or even marked, speed limits were 25mph at the most. But as the cost of owning an automobile decreased and the conditions of the roadways improved travel by car became an American past-time. We went from “you can’t get there from here?” to “are we there yet?” in just over half a century. Now our automobile adventures range from mount to sea, across deserts and great rivers, or small trips just out of town. Along the way we encounter weird road side attractions, experience the wonderful beauty of nature, enjoy good eats, and meet amazing people.
The new exhibit captures the spirit of this American tradition, while highlighting some of FHG's unique collections: including post cards from Special Collections, maps from the Mather Map Collection, and books from our circulating collections. Stop by and be inspired to take your next great adventure!