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!
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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