Building Partnerships Along Route 66

By Forum Online posted 12-11-2018 16:35


The most enduring highway in our public consciousness, Route 66 represents a chapter in our history that continues to define the nation’s identity: the rise of the automobile and its implications of freedom, mobility, and a quintessential American story.

From July 2 to August 3, 2018, National Trust for Historic Preservation staff Diana Tisue, Grant Stevens, and Jason Clement 
traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles with a handful of roadies, uncovering new stories and meeting the diverse people who live along the historic route.

Note: To show your support for National Historic Trail Designation for Route 66, make sure to sign the petition

Speaking with local community members—like  91-year-old barber Angel Delgadillo, featured in the Polaroid picture above—was part of the process of building partnerships along Route 66| Credit: Matthew Dickey

One important aspect of any preservation project is developing partnerships to protect historic sites. When putting together “Preservation for People: A Vision for the Future,” we learned that collaborating with new and existing partners to address fundamental social issues and make the world better is key to a people-centered preservation movement.

With that in mind we asked Diana and Grant to talk about the role partnerships played in protecting and telling the story of Route 66.


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