UPDATE: Since launching our
crowdfunding campaign in March, we have raised more than $40,000 online
and more than $20,000 offline for Route 66: The Road and the Romance,
opening June 8! We have raised about $61,000 total, or 92% of
our campaign goal!
Be part of history by supporting the Autry National Center of the American West’s upcoming exhibition, Route 66: The Road and the Romance! This summer, we want visitors to experience our museum like never before.
Route 66 is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that captures the spirit and history of the iconic road, from the nostalgic to the turbulent to the artistic creations it inspired. The exhibition will trace the Mother Road as an important landmark of Western history and explore its impact on American culture.
Your gift—at any level—will support our fundraising campaign for this unprecedented exhibition about Route 66. Help us engage multiple generations of visitors through dynamic and interactive displays and films plus a rich lineup of related public programs—everything from Beat poetry nights to classic car days and a Route 66 Lego® Day for families.
For supporting our efforts, we will thank you with a variety of perks, including private tours, souvenirs, and access to exclusive events.
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Why This Exhibition Is Significant
Connecting Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 was a major transportation artery, a popular tourist destination, and a frequent subject of popular culture throughout the twentieth century. Although it was primarily in use for only a few decades, popular culture and a sense of nostalgia firmly established Route 66 as a powerful symbol of twentieth-century America by the time the road was officially decommissioned in 1985.
Route 66: The Road and the Romance will feature an estimated 200 historical artifacts from institutions and private collections across the United States, many of which have never been on display together in one venue and likely never will be again. The exhibition will be the first of its kind to examine from a national perspective the facts and fiction surrounding Route 66.
Where the Contributions Will Go
Funds raised through this campaign will support the exhibition and related programs—and help ensure we tell this amazing story in a spectacular way. You will be awed by the design of the galleries and the depth of content that will be presented from June 2014 to January 2015.
What Will Be in the Exhibition
Whether you’re a literary type or a classic car aficionado, there will be something in the show for you to love. See the oldest existing Route 66 shield alongside vintage gas pumps and neon art. Read from the pages of John Steinbeck’s original handwritten manuscript for The Grapes of Wrath and Jack Kerouac’s typewriter scroll of On the Road. Be moved by Dorothea Lange’s powerful photographs and Woody Guthrie’s Martin guitar, along with countless objects adorned with the Route 66 moniker or acquired along the route.
And, for the first time, the Autry will display a classic Corvette inside the museum.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute, you can help our cause by sharing our Route 66 campaign with your friends and family through social media. Every bit helps!
Your generosity plays a key role in helping the Autry continue its mission to bring together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. Thank you.
A portion of your contribution may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.
Special thanks to Brittany Campbell, Alban Cooper, Micki Davis, Maren Dougherty, Jim Farber, Marlene Head, Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Stacy Lieberman, Andrew Mandinach, Amy Nance, Anna Norville, Jeffrey Richardson, Marcy Rodriguez, Jennifer Warner, John Warner, and W. Richard West, Jr.
Additional thanks to Troup-London Music/Meyer Sack for use of "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" by Bobby Troup.
Video produced by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative.-
More About Us
The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theatre, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant of Native American materials in the United States.
E-mail: email@example.com.*Perk dependent on staff availability and advance notice.