Lyell D. Henry, Jr.


Lyell D. Henry Jr. is emeritus professor of political science at Mount Mercy University, where he taught from 1982 until retiring in 1999. He is the author of two earlier books: Zig-Zag-and-Swirl: Alfred W. Lawson’s Quest for Greatness (Iowa, 1991) and Was This Heaven? A Self-Portrait of Iowa on Early Postcards (Iowa, 1995). He has also written numerous articles on American popular culture, early highways, and roadside commercial architecture. An active member of the Lincoln Highway Association, the Jefferson Highway Association, and the Society for Commercial Archeology, he was the historian for interpretive projects at four Lincoln Highway sites in Iowa and edits the newsletter of the Jefferson Highway Association. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.