Did you know that Route 66 attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world? Heritage tourists like to stay longer and spend more time and money locally than any other type of tourist. In 2011, an Economic Impact Study was completed on Route 66 in the United States. It found that travelers along the Route are mostly middle-and upper-income travelers that spend on average $2,000 per travel party. It also noted that “Pop’s” in Arcadia Oklahoma averaged 1,000 visitors a day! There is a lot to see on the Mother Road from Illinois to California, so how can we attract these visitors to Tulsa? Come hear Kaisa Barthuli, Program Manager of the NPS Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, and Amy Webb, Senior Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, about opportunities for the preservation of Route 66- enhancing community revitalization, improving economic development, and increasing tourism along America’s iconic Route 66.
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.
Amy Webb joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1993 and directed the National Trust’s heritage tourism program for almost two decades. She currently serves as the Senior Field Director for the National Trust’s Denver Field Office, overseeing National Treasure campaigns to assist endangered places across the country and supervising field staff in the Trust’s Denver and Houston field offices. Prior to joining the National Trust Amy Webb worked for eight years as the director of education and tourism for the Providence Preservation Society in Providence, Rhode Island. Amy holds a Masters in architectural history and historic preservation from the University of Virginia.
AIA and AICP continuing education credits are pending for this lecture.
Tulsa Preservation Commission is excited to bring this second lecture in the series. We hope to see you at all of these FREE lectures. More information is available on the series on our previous blog.
Thank you to our Promotional Partners: AIA Eastern Oklahoma, APA Oklahoma, Sustainable Tulsa, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, TYPros, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute Oklahoma
This presentation series is funded by the National Park Service through the Certified Local Government Program.