All donations of $50 or more will receive a DVD copy of our documentary "Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri" 

Missouri takes center stage in the history of the nation’s most famous highway in a new film created by the Missouri History Museum. Although Route 66 existed for fewer than 60 years, it quickly claimed its title as the “Mother Road” and “Main Street of America.”

 

Equal parts travelogue and historical narrative, Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri explores the landscapes and destinations found along Route 66 in Missouri, as well as bigger stories from across the decades, including:

· the birth of Route 66 in Springfield, MO in 1925

· the effects of World War II along the Mother Road

· its relationship to the Ozarks and St. Louis

· its decline to the interstates, and

· the rediscovery still taking place today


Show Me 66 also tells the smaller stories. This documentary provides an in-depth look at everything from neon signage to the African American experience along the road, of the world’s first drive through window, the worlds’ deepest highway cut, the roads oldest continually operating motel, and its most famous “no-tell motel.”

Directors Andrew Wanko and Eric Wilkinson have traveled to MO’s farthest stretches along the Mother Road capturing well-known sights and best-kept secrets across the seasons. Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri is a must see for anyone interested in Missouri History, American car culture, historic preservation, or the Main Street of America.

This documentary was created in connection to our current exhibition Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis. The free exhibit opened to the public on June 26 and will remain open through July 16, 2017. In three months, we have already welcomed 130,000 visitors to the unique gallery and the American Bus Association named Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis as one of the top 100 Events in North America . The vibrant interest in the exhibit illustrates how appealing the Show Me 66 documentary will be, and while exhibits have to end, this documentary will live on for decades.

 

Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri

Approx. 80 minutes, English, 2016, Original Score and Narration

Directed by: Andrew Wanko, Eric Wilkinson

Produced by: Missouri History Museum

Script by: Andrew Wanko

Interviews: Travis Dillon, Ted Drewes, David Hutson, Ruth Keenoy, Irv Logan,

Tom Peters, John Sellars, Sharon Smith, Joe Sonderman, Michael Wallis, Andrew Wanko

 

Sponsorship

Sponsors make it possible for us to reach over 430,000 visitors from across the St. Louis region. All sponsorships help to underwrite the costs of the project and support the mission of the Missouri History Museum. Investment in Show Me 66 will create the following opportunities:

Producing Sponsors: $10,000

· Logo recognition in documentary and promotional materials:

· Editorial/public relations (press releases and other materials)

· DVD/Blu-Ray covers (4,000 units total, on display and available for purchase in the Museum Shop)

· Documentary closing credits

· Currents magazine (circulation 6,000 quarterly)

· Calendar (circulation 14,000 quarterly)

· eNewsletters (circulation 15,000 monthly)

· Social media (48,000 followers)

· Curator-led tour of Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis exhibit for up to six (6) guests

· Opportunity to make remarks at premiere of Show Me 66 on November 10, 2016


Directing Sponsors: $5,000

· Logo recognition in documentary and promotional materials:

· Editorial/public relations (press releases and other materials)

· DVD/Blu-Ray covers (4,000 units total, on display and available for purchase in the Museum Shop)

· Documentary closing credits

· eNewsletters (circulation 15,000 monthly)

· Social media (48,000 followers)

· Curator-led tour of Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis exhibit for up to four (4) guests


Distribution

The Missouri History Museum is finalizing plans for local and state-wide distribution, including:

· The Nine Network of Public Media (KETC), to be aired multiple dates, and given as pledge drive gift (with an estimated distribution to over 1,000 households)

· Movie theatres throughout the state including St. Louis, Carthage’s 66 Drive-In, and Springfield, MO.

· The Museum Shop will sell DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the documentary in the shop (3500 DVD, 500 Blu-Ray)

· Annual showing at the Missouri History Museum in the Lee Auditorium

· Based on the popularity of our exhibition, we will make the documentary available for traveling groups to view on tour buses as they travel Missouri and/or come to the History Museum