Roots Preservation II
we announced the thirteen recipients of the 2003 cost-share
grants from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, administered
by the National Park Service. As many of you know, the program
was established by an Act of Congress in 1999 to assist in preserving
the most representative and significant historic properties
along the Mother Road. To date, the program has been able to
provide cost-share funds totaling $696,101 to 39 projects in
the eight states through which Route 66 passes. These have included
the rehabilitation of cafes, gas stations, motels, neon signs
and other transportation related properties. Projects such as
these are providing economic vitality for the business owners,
as well as generating more revenues for towns and counties.
The program has also funded condition assessments for historic
buildings, inventories of the historic properties along the
road, oral history workshops, and a number of other important
initiatives. When asked, we also conduct cursory needs assessments
for historic buildings, provide direction for owners on how
to restore or rehabilitate their historic property, and serve
as a clearinghouse for information on Route 66 preservation.
Our staff is comprised of myself and Kaisa Barthuli, Associate
what does all this mean in terms of the big picture in preserving
Route 66? Is the program making a difference? We believe it
is, but we all know that we have a long way to go. The Route
66 Corridor Preservation Act authorized 10 million dollars to
be appropriated by Congress over the ten year period of the
program that terminates in 2009. Because of the tight national
financial climate, over the first three years of its existence,
the program has received a total of 1.1 million dollars. We
believe that our budget for FY04 (October 1, 2003 – September
30, 2004) will be the same that it was the last two years: $300,000
to administer the program, which includes salary, travel, technical
assistance and cost-share grants. If we continue to be funded
at the same yearly level, we will have received 2.9 million
out of the 10 million that was authorized to be appropriated
by 2009, basically less than a third of what was originally
all know that the vast majority of preservation work is made
possible by people like you. In fact, almost everything we do
with the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, we do with
partners, whether they be local and state governments, tribes,
business owners, non-profit organizations, or concerned citizens.
That’s what preservation is all about, working together
so that we, and our children, can enjoy and experience the great
historic properties and landscapes along the road. Whether you
live on Route 66 and are concerned about a particular building
that may be flagged for demolition, or you live far from the
route but understand the importance of preserving the historic
properties for the future, many times it’s people like
you that make the difference on whether a property will be saved
or not. City councils, county commissions, tourism officials,
state representatives and senators, congressional staff, and
a myriad of other offices and organizations, react and respond
to your concerns as active citizens wanting to preserve and
continue the use of this great part of our American heritage.
Decision makers will also listen if you have concerns about
the status of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
you want to learn about how you can get involved with furthering
the preservation of Route 66, start by joining a state Route
66 Association, and/or the National Historic Route 66 Federation,
if you are not already a member. These organizations are strong
advocates for preserving Route 66. Their leadership will direct
you on how to make a difference by making your voice heard.
For those of you that are already members, talk to your directors
and chairmen about what steps you and your organization can
take to help in furthering the Route 66 preservation movement.
You do make a difference! You can find links to the various
Route 66 Associations along the corridor by accessing our web
site at www.cr.nps.gov/rt66. The web site also has our latest
newsletter, status report, a comprehensive description of projects
funded to date, upcoming preservation workshops, various histories
of Route 66 by state, and information on how to contact us.
We would love to hear from you!
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
National Park Service