This presentation is part of Are We There Yet? Preservation of Roadside Architecture & Attractions Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 10-12, 2018.

by Kaisa Barthuli


Preserving our roadside icons is important business, and so too is preserving the larger context of the historic automobile highway and roadside experience. This paper will discuss the importance of this larger story and how preserving it increases understanding of our national and community identity as well as heritage tourism opportunities. Case studies along Route 66 will demonstrate how community, state, and federal entities are working together to preserve a more complete historic roadside experience from the iconic to the vernacular, to the spaces and stories in-between.


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Kaisa Barthuli

Kaisa Barthuli has worked with the National Park Service since 1990 in cultural resource management. She currently serves as Program Manager of the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Through a program of grants and technical assistance, she works with individuals, nonprofit organizations, communities, and government agencies to preserve and revitalize the special places and stories associated with historic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley; has completed an advanced program in heritage conservation through the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Property (ICCROM); and holds a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of New Mexico.

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