Efforts You Can Join
Boots Motel in Carthage, MO Seeks Volunteers for Roof Work - Details Here
Act now to save the Post Office in Devil's Elbow, Missouri! - Details Here
Sign up for email updates on the effort to save the historic Meramec River Bridge in Route 66 State Park - Meramec River Bridge
Vote for your favorite preservation project - includes properties in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Chicago - at Dwell Magazine.
Texas State Parks need $4.6 million to help keep parks open. Find out how you can help here.
Shopformuseums.com is a site where you can choose a museum to dontate a portion of your purchsase to at no extra cost to you. Powers Museum of Carthage, MO is one of the museums you can choose to support on this site.
Contributors wanted for Route 66 Collaborative Map. Click here for details.
Attention National Scenic Byway Stakeholders!
As you may or may not know, the future of the National Scenic Byway Program is currently unknown. The National Scenic Byway Foundation is reaching out to grassroots byways and their stakeholders about informing members of Congress and other stakeholders about the importance of the byway program to the economic vitality and sustainability of our communities, regions and the nation.
Please help us connect with you – whether you are a byway leader, an attraction or business that benefits from tourism and the National Scenic Byway Program or an interested party who wants to stay informed – Please click the link below to take a 2-minute survey so we can stay connected with you and provide you information that helps demonstrate the importance of this program.
Link to Survey
The Recent Past Preservation Network is seeking articles for their newsletter, the RPPN Bulletin. For more information send email to email@example.com.
Funding campaign for a proposed photographic essay book on the lives and faces of those who live on or
near the segment of Route 66 that passes through the Mojave Desert (Ludlow, Amboy, Cadiz, Chambless, Essex, Goffs and Needles). For more information see the Route 66 - the Mojave Experience Facebook page.
El Rey owner seeks volunteers, financial help.
St. Francis de Sales Church in St. Louis Missouri is accepting donations for building repair. For more information, please see the St. Francis de Sales Oratory web site.
Save the Mill in Lincoln, Illinois - Volunteers and donations needed. Call 217-732-8687 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit Save the Mill.
Route 66 Re-Commissioning Initiative - Read about a plan to bring back Route 66.
The California Route 66 Preservation Foundation's efforts include preservation of Monrovia's Aztec Hotel and the Foothills Drive In in Azusa. If you want to help, here is the group's Contact Page.
We the People Grant Initiative: The National Endowment for the Humanities encourages scholars, teachers, filmmakers, curators, and librarians to submit grant applications that explore significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America.
For sale: necklaces with a real piece of Route 66. Proceeds go to preservation of Route 66 landmarks.
If you would like to receive email Action Alerts about preservation issues in the Los Angeles area, send an email to email@example.com and state that you'd like to sign up for this free email service. Indicate whether you'd like to receive alerts on all issues, or just on a specific issue. More information here.
Efforts are underway for a Coral Court/Route 66/Will Rogers Highway historical marker to be placed on the property of Sunset Lanes on Watson Road in St. Louis County, MO. If you want to help please contact Shellee Graham or send mail to Shellee Graham, P.O. Box 802, Bridgeton, MO 63044-0802, USA.
Restoration of the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas is well under way. The City of Shamrock is seeking reproduction signs, historic pumps and other gas station memorabila that were not included in the grant that made the restoration possible. If you can help please contact the
City of Shamrock. Here is some more information about the historic Tower Conoco Station.
Letters You Can Write
Please write to members of St. Louis County Government regarding the planned demolition of a landmark Mid-Century Modern library in North St. Louis County. Contact information and more details here.
A request from Tonya Pike:
"Before I even begin this, I apologize for the extreme length of this post. But
after you read this, I think you will understand why it is so long. A Route 66
business and community has come forward asking for our help.
As many of you are aware, the United States Postal Service is in financial
trouble. They are presently targeting postal facilities all over the USA for
A couple of weeks ago, a meeting was held at Avilla, Missouri to discuss the
closing of their post office. For any one who has traveled Route 66, the post
office at Avilla is one of the most visible on Route 66 in Missouri. It is in a
red brick building, highly visible and roughly a half-block north/east of 66,
just west of Bernie's Bar & Café at Avilla, which fronts out on Route 66, aka
Hwy 96, in Avilla. The building itself is was originally a bank, built in 1915.
It was leased to the USPS in 1952 and has served as the Avilla Post Office ever
The owner of the post office building, Nancy Young, has asked for assistance
from the Route 66 roadies and the Route 66 Association of Missouri to stop the
closure of the Avilla Post Office. Hence, my father and I journeyed to Avilla
to sit in on this particular post office closing meeting. The meeting was held
at a church in Avilla and was attended by over half of the Avilla's population
The first half of the meeting was presided over by a representative of the USPS,
whose name I unfortunately did not get. It was basically a question and answer
period. Numerous objections were raised. The main ones included:
1) Home delivery precludes assistance with many post office services,
particularly if you are unable or unwilling to do USPS business online.
2) Due to a lack of other businesses in Avilla, it is very unlikely that a
"village post office" can be set up in another business in Avilla, meaning
anyone who has to go in to a post office to conduct business will have to travel
to Reeds or Carthage, Missouri to do so. Not everyone present at the meeting
felt that they could travel to one of those places during the hours the post
offices in those locations were open to conduct their postal business. It was
also pointed out that only a very small number of the services currently
performed at a regular post office can be done at a "village post office" even
if one could be set up.
3) If the post office is closed, the people of Avilla will have to sit home all
day and wait on their postman in order to complete most postal services from
home, such as purchasing money orders or signing & receiving certified mail.
4) Loss of the post office will be a major blow to the economy of Avilla, as
there are only 4 businesses left in the town proper itself and that is including
the post office.
5) This post office is frequently a stop for foreign visitors traveling Route
66. And note here, this was initially voiced by Avilla residents, not my father
or myself, although we did voice remarks supporting this claim. The day of the
meeting alone, the Avilla Post Office had customers from Germany and Russia who
were Route 66 travelers, mailing postcards back home.
The last reason gave the USPS representative a bit of uncomfort. She honestly
did not know how to respond to the statement that closing the Avilla Post Office
will deprive foreign visitors of a very special Americana experience.
After the USPS representative finished her question and answer period with the
citizens of Avilla and left to go to another post office closing meeting, Steven
Vanderhoof, president of the retiree's Missouri Chapter of the National
Postmasters of the United States, addressed the group. He quickly explained
that this proposed closure of post offices across the USA is essentially a
tactic to get citizens riled up so that the USPS can ask Congress to allow them
to cut postal service back to 5 days a week. And, along the way, if the USPS
can close any post offices in areas where there are not citizens who care about
their post office, so much the better. He also pointed out that if the USPS
were to close 10,000 of the 36,000 US post offices, it would save the USPS less
than 1% of it's yearly budget!!
Mr. Vanderhoof went on to say, that in all the communities where he'd attended
meetings about closing post offices, the meeting at Avilla was the first time
he'd heard Route 66 travelers given as a reason that a post office should NOT be
closed. He stated that this was a unique qualification that needed to be
capitalized on. He also told the group that in communities where the
citizenship protested the closing of their post office, for the most part, the
post offices were being left open. And this is why I am posting about this to
the e-group. The City of Avilla and the Avilla Post Office needs our help.
Would everyone on the Route 66 e-group please help by writing letters? In the
past, we've had several letter writing campaigns done from our e-group, and we
need one now for the post office at Avilla.
The Post Office at Avilla needs all e-groupers to please write five letters by
November 13, 2011.
Very important, the first letter needs to be addressed to:
205 Greenfield St.
Avilla, MO 64833
This letter is the most critical and needs to be done as soon as possible, as it
will be submitted in a package on November 17 up thru postal service channels by
the Avilla Postmaster. If you can't write all five letters, if you can at least
write this one, that would be a huge help. Please state very clearly that you
are opposed to the closing of the Avilla Post Office because of it's negative
impact on not only the citizenship and economy of Avilla, but because it denies
both domestic and foreign visitors traveling Route 66 a chance to experience
America by posting mail from a historic building in sight of a Missouri state
scenic by-way, which is Route 66.
If you can write only one letter, please, please, please, make it out to the
Postmaster at Avilla. These letters are the only letters that the USPS will
consider in making their final decision about closing the Avilla, Missouri Post
Office, and they must be submitted by the Avilla Postmaster for the USPS to
Then, please send four additional letters of protest to the legislators over the
Avilla area. These letters should express our displeasure that A) a post office
would be removed from both such a small community where it's economic impact
will be great and where there are not facilities for other alternatives, such as
a village post office, B) that a business will be removed from Route 66 that may
deny travelers an American experience, and C) closing post offices isn`t going
to provide the necessary financial assistance that our postal service needs
anyway. The addresses for these letters are as follows:
The Honorable Claire McCaskill
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Roy Blunt
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Billy Long
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Jay Nixon
201 W. Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
PLEASE NOTE THESE ADDITIONAL LETTERS NEED TO BE SENT TO THE ADDRESSES GIVEN HERE
While the Missouri U.S. Senators and Representative may have other addresses, we
were told in the meeting at Avilla that these letters need to go to their main
offices in Washington, D.C., and the Missouri state capital for the governor.
So please use the addresses I'm forwarding for McCaskill, Blunt, Long and Nixon.
Letters sent to other offices for these people may not get put together
otherwise in a timely manner for an accurate tally of the number protests made
for a particular post office by the staff members of these officials.
The purpose of sending these additional four letters is to let them know that
people are not in favor of closing the post office in hopes that they will vote
in the future in such a way that allows most of our post offices to stay open.
If you need help formulating a letter, please contact me and I will email you a .pdf file of the example protest letter I was given at Avilla. But I warn you, it is very generic and does not mention
Route 66, so you will still need to modify it a bit.
Lastly, if there is anyone out there on the e-group who lives outside the USA
who has ever stopped at the post office in Avilla and mailed anything: It would
be especially impressive if you would please write a letter to the Avilla
postmaster. I firmly believe, from the meeting I attended, the USPS officials
expect the citizens of the USA to be outraged about the post office closings.
But I don't think they expect it to have any meaning to anyone outside the USA.
Please help me and the people of Avilla show them they are wrong!
Remember everyone, these letters need to be mailed as soon as possible as the
Avilla postmaster needs them by November 13, 2011. This gives us a month to get
them written and mailed.
Again, I apologize for the length of this post. But I hope that everyone will
help out by writing a few letters. We have a month to get protest letters
mailed. I am confident that we can provide support to the Avilla, Missouri
citizens and help strengthen their fight to keep their post office open.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging interested U.S. citizens to contact their representatives in the sentate about funding for transportation enhancements. In the early 1990s, Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation began promoting a more balanced transportation system as a way to improve Americans' quality of life.
One of the key elements of this community-friendly approach is transportation enhancements (TE). It authorizes states to set aside approximately 10% of their surface transportation funding for new and non-traditional activities that enhance the community benefits of transportation investments. Six of the twelve approved activities involve historic preservation, including the rehabilitation of historic bridges and roads, the reuse of older facilities like train depots, and the revitalization of historic downtown streetscapes.
In just over a decade, transportation enhancements have become the most popular of all federal-aid highway programs. TE has provided over $6.6 billion to support more than 17,000 transportation-related projects that neighborhoods and towns have wanted; more than $2 billion of that money has gone has gone to preservation. Organizations such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials praise the program's success in encouraging interaction among transportation professionals, preservationists and other civic groups.
Now, however, the TE program - and the historic preservation it supports - is in jeopardy. Take action today to help protect this critical funding!
The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation is urging Missouri residents to write to your state legislators to urge protection of historic preservation tax credits. For more information see the web site: http://www.preservemo.org/publicpolicy.html
The Los Angeles Conservancy requests that letters be sent to the City of Beverly Hills to urge them to act against the destruction of the Kronish House, designed by Richard Neutra. For more information see the web site - Los Angeles Conservancy.
Are you involved in a preservation effort for a modern site? DOCOMOMO US (working party for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) wants to hear news of your activities. Send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moore House in Palos Verdes Estates, California - write to the city council to urge preservation of this 1959 home by Lloyd Wright. More information here: How You Can Help – Write to the Palos Verdes Estates City Council
The Friends of the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles are asking for letters to be written in support of their efforts. For more information please see the Friends of the Southwest Museum Web Site.
Letter Writing Campaign to save the Monrovia Public Library in California. Send an email for more information.