The New Berwyn Route 66 Museum will preserve, present and explore the connection of Route 66 to
American art, culture,design and music. It will enrich the local community and in turn every community
along the ‘Mother Road’ from Illinois to California by offering travelers their first and best experience of the
Route 66 adventure.
The original Berwyn Rt 66 Museum was a display of memorabilia and artifacts gathered by Larry Ohler of the
Berwyn Preservation of Historic Route 66. (This is the group that has directed the outstanding Berwyn Route
66 Car Show since 1990.) Larry set up the museum in the then Skylite Restaurant near Ogden and
Ridgeland in 1994. Although a modest affair, two display cases in a hallway, it was Berwyn's first Museum.
When the Skylite changed hands and became the Skyview, the museum had to find a new location.
Graciously, Bob Anderson Jr.of Anderson Ford provided the museum with a home in his newly remodeled
showroom. Bob added memorabilia for sale and enhanced the museum's collection. Sadly, Anderson Ford
closed in 2009, leaving the museum without a home.
SWF Products of Berwyn offered to store the collection and began to rearrange office and production space
to bring the museum back. Today the Berwyn Rt66 Museum has it's own front door. a modest gallery, a
small dedicated staff, regular hours and an ever increasing collection of memorabilia and information about
the history of Berwyn's Rt 66.
Our Volunteer Staff
Jon Fey . . Executive Director
Myles Slaughter . .. Docent
Melody Maier... Docent
Rich Faron... Advisory Board Chair