Route 66 Road Ahead Seeks Letters of Interest for Preservation Toolkit Project

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership is seeking qualified professionals interested in
developing an “Historic Preservation Toolkit for Route 66 Communities and Property
Owners.” The project will be funded through a grant from the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership. Instructions, requirements, timeline,
and other details for submitting a Letter of Interest are available at:

As the Route 66 centennial draws near, the Road Ahead is focused on readying its community
for the 2026 celebration. Developing the preservation tool kit is an important way to
encourage its many partners to help maintain and sustain cultural and historic properties
along the Route 66 corridor in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico,
Arizona, and California. The “Historic Preservation Toolkit for Route 66 Communities and
Property Owners” must be designed to help increase the success of a wide range of
preservation initiatives.

The completed toolkit will be made available on the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s
website and other social media channels. Community members, local government officials, as
well as current and prospective owners of historic Route 66 buildings, structures, and sites
are expected to use the toolkit. The toolkit should be designed for persons with limited or no
experience in historic preservation and should be instructional in nature.
Interested parties are asked to electronically submit a Letter of Interest by 5 p.m. CDST,
Friday, April 30, 2021. Questions regarding the project and Letters of Interest should be
directed to: Bill Thomas, Chairman – Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership,

Established in 2015, with the support of the National Park Service and the World Monuments’
Fund, The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s mission is to revitalize and sustain Route 66 as
a national and international icon through partnerships focused on promotion, preservation,
research and education, and economic development.

Bill Thomas, Chairman
Rt. 66 Road Ahead Partnership

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