Lincoln Highway Snapshot: Fort Wayne to Wooster

5/24/2005 Wooster, OH

I am bushed. 1:30am door pounding above at Regency Inn [Ft. Wayne] led to sleep scattering thoughts. Anxious and itchy literally to leave. Tonight treated self to much deserved night in a Best Western and meal at South Market Bistro of Fig & goat Cheese tart, Pinot Noir, and halibut on lentils with mushroom & spinach. Day started in depressed Fort Wayne. Stumbled onto beautiful stretches of country Lincoln handily marked with L’s. Wonderful time capsule towns gave way to those hard and eerily silent, not helped by the gray and chilling weather. Coffee finding rule is to go to a college town where there is bound to be a coffee bar, but we don’t shun the true experience and get at least one boiled cup a day. Mrs. G now more cognizant of how much of middle America leads simple lives, many near poverty. Onto Pennsylvania tomorrow. Burma Shave.

Old Sign east of Fort Wayne. Lincoln Highway. RL Fifield, 2005.

Old Sign east of Fort Wayne. Lincoln Highway. RL Fifield, 2005.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.