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The Suburbanite
  • Postcard from Canton: Celebrating the Lincoln Highway

  • Jim Cassler, owner of Klingstedt Bros. printing company, is the event chairman for next year’s Lincoln Highway Association annual conference, which will be in Canton June 18-20. Since 2002, Cassler has operated within his business the Lincoln Highway Trading Post, the national merchandise outlet for the association.

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  • A block off of Tuscarawas Street W on Schroyer Avenue SW — within view of the route of the old Lincoln Highway — is one of the most appropriate places to stop and reflect upon the historic cross-country road that runs through Stark County.
    Jim Cassler, owner of Klingstedt Bros. printing company, is the event chairman for next year’s Lincoln Highway Association annual conference, which will be in Canton June 18-20. Since 2002, Cassler has operated within his business the Lincoln Highway Trading Post, the national merchandise outlet for the association.
    “We’re the only (wholesale distributor),” Cassler said. “We wholesale merchandise to all the retailers across the country, as well as sell retail online.”
    Lincoln Highway keychains and logo magnets, license plate frames, tire gauges, ceramic mugs, shot glasses, miniature highway marker posts, Abraham Lincoln post medallions, highway sketches and maps, postcards, history books about the road, signs and stickers, Lincoln Highway clothing — it’s all available at www.lhtp.com.
    So you might consider Klingstedt Bros., and the merchandise displays just inside its doors, as Lincoln Highway central.
    “I’ve been involved with the Lincoln Highway Association for 12 years now,” said Cassler, who frequently gives talks to raise awareness about the Lincoln Highway. “My wife and I always have enjoyed taking road trips on old highways, so when the state meeting of the association was in Canton in 1999, we decided to check it out. We’ve been with it ever since.”
    Those who want to join the Lincoln Highway Association can stop by Klingstedt Bros. at 425 Schroyer Ave. SW in Canton or call 330-456-8319. Or they can call the national headquarters in Franklin, Ill., at 815-456-3030, or visit www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org.
    Members will be able to participate in the Canton 2012 convention, which will have the theme “Pathways & Presidents.”
    “We’ll do a (one-day) bus trip east and a bus trip west on the Lincoln Highway,” said Cassler, who noted there also will be optional motor trips through Amish country and train trips on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
    “We’re trying to give those who attend an experience on the road and on the train, and we’re also going to take an optional trip to all the canal towns and end up in Canal Fulton for a ride on the canal boat.”
    To fulfill the presidential promise, visits to the McKinley National Memorial and the National First Ladies Library are planned. Other visits will be made to such historically-minded venues as the Palace Theatre, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Classic Car Museum, which displays one of the original Lincoln Highway marker posts.
    “We will be having a car show at Canton Classic Car Museum that will be open to the public,” Cassler said, “and we’ll also have an art show open to the public at the McKinley Grand.” A book room, where histories of the Lincoln Highway and merchandise will be sold, will be open to the public.
    Page 2 of 2 - The convention will begin and end with banquets. For a time in 2012, Canton will be the center of the Lincoln Highway universe. Then the historic highway will be given back to the entire country for special recognition.
    “This really will be the kickoff of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway,” Cassler said, “which will be celebrated in 2013.”
     

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