The Lincoln Highway
National Museum & Archives
Washington Office

(202) 536-5329



Dear Friends,
 
Ok..
 
"Here We Go..Last One!!"
 
After
"The 2009 Parade"
with
"All The Logistics of 3 Vehicles & 75 People"
coupled with
"The Added Issues"
of..
 
 
"The Inauguration Of The Century"
and
"A Second Presentation"
(Worked With Tom On This)
put together for
The Marine Corp
to
CELEBRATE
The 60th Anniversary
of..
 
 
The Freedom Train's
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/FT/FT-Index.html
LAST STOP
and
"Inaugural Visit"
by..
 
 
HONORING
 
 
"The Last Surviving"
 
 
 
 
"Marine Guards"
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/FT/FT-05-Marine-Index.html
and..
 
 
"Millionth Visitors"
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/FT/FT-10-Million-Index.html
riding in..
 
 
 
"A Miniature Freedom Train"
(It Was To Be Repainted To Match The 1947 Train)
which
"They Passed On At The Last Minute After Years Of Work"
and..
 
 
"Sent A Letter Instead"
was
"Pretty Much..Paraded Out"
and
"Said I Would Never Do Another One!!"
 
But then..
 
"The Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum!!"
 
Accordingly,
The Boy Scouts
CELEBRATED
their..
 
 
100th Anniversary
at
"The Building Museum"
in
February 2010.
 
"That Being The Case"
since..
 
 
"I Was An Eagle"
stopped by
"For A Quick Visit"
and..
 
 
"Was Disappointed To Find There Were No Extra Programs!!"
 
And..
 
"Since A Boy Scout Is Trustworthy"
had to
"Walk Away"
from
SEVERAL
"Potential Opportunities"
that would have left
SOMEONE
"Empty Handed!!"
 
Accordingly,
went back
"Several Days Later"
on
"A Long Shot"
and..
 
 
"Hit The Jackpot!!"
 
Actually,
"There Were 5 Case"
PLUS
"Some Extra Material"
i.e.
 
 
Scouting Magazine
with..
 
 
"A 100th Anniversary Time Line!!"
 
Hmmm..
 
"What This??"
 
"A 100th Anniversary Parade"
through
"Washington, DC!!"
 
Well..
 
"What Can You Say"
as
MOMENTS LATER
"Changed My Mind"
with
"A New Goal"
of
"One Last Parade"
to
HONOR
 
 
Bernard Queneau
"The 98 Year Old Eagle Scout"
and..
 
 
"Only Living Member"
of..
 
 
"The 1928 Lincoln Highway Boy Scout Safety Tour!!"
 
Now..
 
At this point,
"What You Need To Know"
IS
"Why The Pressing Need"
to
"Honor Bernie!!"
 
Well..
 
"Years Ago"
back in
1996
"When I First Started Making"
 
 
Lincoln Highway Signs
as
A Community Service Project
while..
 
 
"Ranger At Camp Crooked Lane Girl Scout Camp"
HEARD
"Bernie Give A Talk"
wherein
"He Said He Always Felt Slighted"
since
"The Boys Never Got A Patch"
and
"After The Trip"
"He Never Heard From The Boy Scouts or Lincoln Highway People Again!!"
 
Well..
 
"We Couldn't Have That"
so..
 
 
"As A Fellow Eagle"
with..
 
 
"Connections In Scouting"
(Me & Former National Director Of Publicity That I Met As Staff At the 73 Jamboree)
LOCKED MYSELF IN MY OFFICE
and
"A Week Later"
CAME OUT
with
"A Plan"
called..
 
 
"Trip Of A Lifetime"
to..
 
 
"Complete The Circle"
RIGHT
"All That Was Wrong"
and went to..
 
 
The 1997 Jamboree
to
"Pitch The Idea"
with
"My Friend!!"
 
"Long Story Short"
there was
"Interest"
BUT
"No One Was Willing to Run With The Ball!!"
 
So..
 
In August 1998...

 
 "Met With Bernie"
and
"Made The Journey Myself"
arriving in
San Francisco
after
 
 
"43 Days In A Bucket Truck"
where
"I Tripped Across"
 
 
"The Holy Grail"
(The Author Had Been Lost To The Ages For Over 60 Years)
which
"Led To"
 
 
 
"The Author's Copy"
 of..
 
 
"The Official Lincoln Highway History"
which
"The Family Gave To Me"
along with..
 
 
"A Host Of Other Historic Items"
(He Wrote All The Stories On The Golden Gate Bridge For Motorland Magazine)
which
BECAME
 
 
"The Catalyst"
for..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The Museum!!"
 
So..
 
Needless to say,
WITHOUT
"Bernie"
there would be
"No Museum"
and
"All The Historic Discoveries The Have Followed!!"
 
www.lincoln-highway-museum.org
 
Accordingly,
"Always Tried To Honor Him"
as
"It Should Be Done"
and
The 100th Anniversary
Boy Scout Parade
was
"Just The Ticket!!"
 
So..
 
Called
"The Boy Scouts"
and
"They Were All Excited"
and
"Put Me In Touch With The Parade People"
with whom
"I'd Worked Before"
i.e.
 
 
"Memorial Day"
and..
 
 
 
"The 4th of July Parades"
 
Accordingly,
"Sent Them A Brief History"
which
INCLUDED
 
 
"The REO Speedwagon Photo!"
 
That being the case,
"The Director"
said
"Are You Going to Have The Speedwagon In The Parade!!"
 
Well..
 
Needless to say, 
"Hadn't Planned On It But..Now That He Mention It"
IT
"Was A Pretty Good Idea!!"
 
So..
 
"The Hunt For A 1928 REO Began"
and...
 
 
"The Rest Is History"
as...
 
 
"A Regular Stake Bed Truck"
was
TRANSFORMED
in
"Just 10 Days"
to..
 
 
 
"The 1928 Boy Scout Covered Wagon"
carrying..
 
 
"Bernie..His Wife"
along with
"The Grandson & Daughter"
of
"Two Other 1928 Scouts!!"
 
Accordingly,
"As You Might Imagine"
IT
"Was A Huge Success"
so
"Six Days Later"
 
 
"Bernie & The Truck Made A Second Appearance At The Jamboree"
where...
 
 
"He Signed Copies Of His Diary"
at..
 
 
 
"The National Eagle Scout Tent"
and was..
 
 
 
 
"The Highlight Of The Jamboree!!"
(Here With The Asst Chief Scout)
 
(He And A Host Of BSA Officials & Historians..including The Chief Scout & President Of BSA Have Been Invited)
 
Well..
 
Once again,
"The Wheels Started To Spin"
and
"I Realized"
2013
would be
The 100th Anniversary
of
The Lincoln Highway
when
"Bernie"
would be
"100 Years Old!!"
 
And so..
 
In
THE BLINK OF AN EYE
"Inaugural Parade Number Four"
became
"The Goal"
that after
"85 Years"
would
FINALLY
"Give Bernie His Due!!"
 
But..
 
There was a problem..
 
 
"Since He Was On The Passenger Side"
and..
 
 
"The President"
was on..
 
 
"The Driver's Side"
ADDED
 
 
"A 1928 Hudson"
(The Pilot Car)
so..
 
 
"It Would Be Like Old Times"
and
"He Could Be Seen From All Sides!!"
 
So then..
 
"The Only Thing Left To Do"
was
ADD
 
 
"The Eagle Scout Flag Escort"
and
"We Were Good To Go!!"
 
But then..
 
"A Funny Thing Happened..Again"
as I was researching..
 
 
Edgar Martin
 
 
"Father Of Lincoln Highway Safety Tour!!"
 
"Hard To Believe"
BUTT
(More In This Directly)
"Turn Out"
he was..
 
 
"The First Scout Executive In Washington"
and
AS SUCH
 
 
"Played A Major Role"
in..
 
 
"Baden Powell's 1912 White House Visit"
where in..
 
 
"The Scouts Lit Fires On The White House Steps!!"
 
"Hard To Believe!!"
 
And..
 
Speaking of which,
"You Won't Believe This"
BUTT
 
 
"The First Boy Scout Camp"
in
Washington
was named..
 
 
 
 
Camp Archibald Butt
IN HONOR
of..
 
 
Archibald Butt
"The President's Special Friend & Military Aide"
who..
 
 
 
"Went Down On The Titanic!!"
(From The Official White House Log)
 
"Pretty Amazing!!"
 
And..
 
Speaking of which,
"The More I Studied"
Edgar Martin
"The More Amazing It Got"
because
"Not Only Did He Set Up"
 
 
"The First Scout Inauguration"
he was there for
"The First Presidential Eagle Scouts"
in..
 

 
"1914"
and..
 
 
"1915!!"
 
And Get This..
 
"In 1914 Before The White House Ceremony"
"Four Eagles"
were asked to
 
 
"Form A Square"
and serve as..
 
 
"Official Sentries"
for...
 

 
"The Lincoln Memorial Ground Breaking!!"
 
Now..
 
I can't as yet tie
Edgar Martin
to
"The Event"
but
"No Doubt..He Played A Role"
since
"He Was The Scout Executive"
which means
"He Was The Principal Player"
in
"Both"
EVENTS
to
"Honor Lincoln"
MAKING
The Boy Scouts
"The Official Sentries"
of
"The Legacy of Lincoln!!"
 
And..
 
Get This..
 
 
Norris Gaddes
"Washington's First 1914 Eagle Scout"
and..
 
 
"Lincoln Sentry"
is..
 
 
"Buried In Arlington"
and died on..
 
 
"Lincoln's Birthday!!"
 
And...
 
"On and On It Goes.."
 
Accordingly,
while researching..
 
 
"The 1915 Eagles"
DISCOVERED
 
 
Edward Sherry
was.. 
 
 
"Also Present"
for..
 
 
"The 1916 Boy Scout Charter Signing"
which
"Led Me"
to
The White House Ushers Logs
(Unfortunately They Don't Show Any Reference To The Signing)
and..
 
 
"A Startling Discovery"
i.e.
"96 Years Ago"
The President & Mrs. Wilson
DROVE
(The Baker Was A Two Seater..So One Of Them Had to Drive)
 
 
"An Electric Car"
on..
 
 
"Several Occasions"
which is
UNBELIEVABLE!!
 
But..
 
 
"There It Is!!"
 
So..
 
"Put The Snoop To It"
and
"Hard To Believe"
but
"There Were Actually Three"
White House Electrics
i.e.
 
 
"The 1909 Coupe Traded"
on..
 

"The 1912"
which they took..
 
 
"On Vacation"
and..
 
 
"The Electric Station Wagon!!"
 
Well..
 
"To My Way Of Thinking"
IN LIGHT
of..
 
 
"The President's Call For One Million Electric Vehicles By 2015"
THIS
was
"Big News"
i.e.
"One Hundred Years Ago"
"The President Of The United States Was Cruising Around In An Electric Car!!"
 
And then..
 
"It Gets Better"
because..
 
 
"Not Only Did The White House Car Still Exist"
with..
 
 
"The Great Seal Still Intact"
at ..
 
 
"The Henry Ford Museum"
(Note The Serial Numbers From The WH Voucher Match)
but..
 
 
 
"In 1915 Over 23% of the Vehicles In Washington Were Electric!!"
(1325 of 5639=23%)
 
Well..
 
This was
"Too Cool"
to
"Keep Under Wraps"
so
"Contacted The White House Motor Pool"
about
"A 100th Anniversary Celebration"
on
July 3, 2012.
 
But..
 
Unfortunately,
"Even Though They Were Interested"
NO ONE
would
"Take The Ball And Run!!"
 
So..
 
"The Only Other"
SIGNIFICANT
"Showcase"
was
The Inaugural parade
and
"With This Being The 100th Anniversary of The Wilson Inauguration"
it seemed
"A Logical Scenario!" 
 
Accordingly,
since
PIC
wouldn't be seated until
November
"The Only Way"
to
"Get The Ball Rolling"
was to
"Include It As Part"
of
"The Lincoln Highway Presentation!!"
 
And since
President Wilson
was..
 
 
"The 1st Member"
and..
 
 
The Lincoln Highway
was..
 
 
"A Model"
for..
 
 
"Electric Vehicle Charging Stations"
IT
was
"A Legitimate Addition!!"
 
But..
 
It seemed to me,
"A Shift From 1913 To 1928 Was Too Abrupt"
SO ADDED
 
 
"The 1916"
 
 
"Henry Joy Packard"
to
SMOOTH
"The Transition"
since..
 
 
"Henry Was The LH President"
and..
 
 
"Main"
MOVER & SHAKER
 
Now..
 
"At This Point"
IT
"May Be Too Late For Them"
BUT
 
 
"Henry IV"
was
"Working On Both"
so
"Had To Include Them In The Application"
since
"You Can't Add Anything Later!!"
 
OK..
 
Couple More Things
and
"Then I'm Done!!"
 
First..
 
The 1928 Boy Scout Trip
and
Sign Posting
IS
"Important"
because as
"Numbered Roads Took Over From Named Highways"
THE LINCOLN
was
"In Danger of Losing It's Identity!!"
 
So..
 
That's when..
 
 
The Boy Scouts
ADOPTED
 
 
"The Highway"
to..
 
 
CEMENT
for..
 
 
ALL TIME
 
 
"The Legacy Of Lincoln!!"
 
Accordingly,
since
Edgar Martin
is..
 
 
"At The Center Of It All"
PLAN ON
"Flying"
THE FLAG IN THE PARADE
that..
 
 
 
"Flew Over The Capitol & His Grave"
during..
 
 
 
"This Years Annual Pilgrimage"
and
"Giving It To His Grand Daughter...Who Will Be On The Fire Truck"
(Her Husband Is A Federal Judge)
since..
 
 
"She Donated His Memorial Albums"
which
INCLUDED
Letters
from
and..
 
 
"J Edgar Hoover"
and..
 
 
"President Roosevelt!!"
 
And speaking of which,
"Received this Note From Bernie's Wife"
on..
 
Hi, Craig,

How is the planning coming?  Bernie wanted me to let you know a couple things about him. 

 In 1934, he paraded down Constitution Avenue as a member of the reserve 29th “Blue & Gray” Division in the Armed Forces Parade, before FDR in the reviewing stand. 

 He later shook the hand of Eleanor Roosevelt.  He was the lightweight boxing champion for the reserve division.  Later, the 29th landed at Omaha Beach

Also, that he was in the USN for five years, 1941-45, based at Dahlgren VA, at the Naval Proving Grounds.  His ending rank was Commander.

 We still have hopes of being there for the inaugural parade, but are wondering if we will be staying on a military base,

 or if we should be making hotel reservations (if it’s not already too late).

Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!

Esther – and Bernie 
"Christmas Eve!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Since He Is 100"
and
"A Former Navy Commander"
who was
"In Charge"
of
"The Tow Missile Program"
at
US Steel
was
"Hoping They Could Stay At Fort McNair In The BOQ"
and
"Have A VIP Military Escort..Similar To What Mickey Rooney Had"
to
"Eliminate Any Issues!!"
 
So..
 
"Assuming Things Work Out"
THAT
"Would Be A Big Help!!"
 
On another front,
"The Army Called Today"
(The Fellows From The 2009 Parade Volunteered To Help)
and
"They Have The State Flags Ready To Go"
so
"That Part Of Things Is Ready To Go!!"
 
As for..
 
 
Mr. Lincoln
since
"He And Mr. Spielberg"
were at
The White House
for
"The Special Lincoln Screening"
NO DOUBT
"It Would Be Easier"
for
"You (PIC) To Hook Me Up With Them!!"
 
Same with..
 
 
Springsteen
since
"He Is Such A Big Supporter!!"
 
 
"We Go Way Back"
(The Cover Shot Was In 1976)
when..
 
 
"They First Started Out!!"
 
So..
 
"We Should Be Good To Go"
ASSUMING
"That Is The Plan!!"
 
Let me know..
 
Until then..
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
 

Craig Harmon, Director
202-536-5329

PS..
 
Mr. Spielberg
and
Mr. Lincoln
are
IMPORTANT
for
"Two Reasons!!"
 
First
"The Obvious"
i.e..
"The Film"
and
"Second"
for..
 
 
The Millennium Celebration
he produced
"A Film"
TITLED
"The Unfinished Journey"
which featured
"Mr. Lincoln"
"The Ground Already Traveled"
 and..
 
 
"The Unfinished Journey"
that
"Lies Ahead!!"
 
That was followed by
The First Lady"
who declared
The Lincoln Memorial
(And By Extension..The Lincoln Highway)
"America's Sacred Ground".

America’s Millennium Gala
Remarks by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton

Lincoln Memorial
December 31, 1999

Good evening, everyone.
 
 For the last two years we have been preparing for this moment
 with the White House Millennium Project
that has honored the past and imagined the future all across our country.
 And isn’t it wonderful that, as far as I can see,
 we can all be here together tonight?
 
It is so moving to stand at this place,
which in this century has become
 America’s sacred ground.
 
Here we have come again,
as individuals,
 with our children in hand,
by the thousands,
 to witness and strive for what is best
 in our country and ourselves.
 
Under Mr. Lincoln’s gaze,
we each stand taller and we all reach higher.
 
 The great march on Washington came here in 1963 as a mighty river of hope,
 fed by every race and every stream of American life,
 to hear the man who was Lincoln’s spiritual descendant.
 
 This century’s American prophet proclaimed,
“I have a dream.”
It was, and is, the American dream.
 
Across the river,
on a hillside that looms above this memorial,
a single flickering flame in the night
 marks the grave of the young president who spoke here
 on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation,
 and whose funeral passed here on the way to Arlington.
 
 At the summit of the American century,
he told us not to be satisfied,
 but to challenge ourselves:
 “Ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country.”
 
It was a time when visions were raised up
 and leaders were struck down.
But their ideals will never die.
 They will go with us into the new century and the new millennium.
And here is a song from a time in this century that touched America’s soul:
 “Abraham, Martin, and John.”
 
And so..
 
When she said...
 
Under Mr. Lincoln’s gaze,
we each stand taller and we all reach higher.
 
I couldn't help but think about..
 
 
"His Gaze"
at
"The Highest Point"
on
The Lincoln Highway
overlooking..
 
 
"The Show Road of the World!!"
 
PSS..
 
Note..
 
 
"The Photo Credit"
on..
 
 
"The Obama-Lincoln Articles!!"
 
PSS..
 
"In Case You Were Wondering"
WHY ME!!
 
Well..
 
"One Day Years Ago"
GOT
 
 
"The Call"
(Random Bill In Change..Folded As You See It That Set Everything In Motion)
from..
 
 
"The Horse's Mouth"
that..
 
 
"Only You Truely Can Make It Happen!!"
 
And..
 
"The Rest Is History!!"
 

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