Route 66 Exhibition in Los Angeles

Help the Autry raise $66,000 for a new museum exhibition and programs about Route 66, America's legendary road from Chicago to LA.
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The Autry National Center of the American West
Art
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member

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!

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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.

Questions? Contact us: communications@theautry.org.

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! 

Thank You 

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. 

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VIDEO CREDITS 

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.

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More About Us 

Autry National Center of the American West 

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: communications@theautry.org.

*Perk dependent on staff availability and advance notice.

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$41,258USD
raised by 179 people in 2 months
63% funded
No time left
Verified Nonprofit
$66,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on May 24, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Supporter

    - Your name posted to the "Route 66: The Road and the Romance" website - Exclusive exhibition e-mail updates

    11 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $25USD
    Pin + Pass

    - "Route 66" pin - Pair of museum admission passes to see the exhibition when it opens in June 2014 + Your name posted to the "Route 66" website and exclusive exhibition e-mail updates

    65 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    Sneak Preview

    - Admission for one to the "Route 66" exhibition preview on June 7, 2014 + "Route 66" pin + Pair of museum admission passes to see the exhibition when it opens in June 2014 + Your name posted to the "Route 66" website and exclusive exhibition e-mail updates.

    8 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $66USD
    Get Your Kicks!

    - "Route 66" keychain - "Route 66" Get Your Kicks On silicone wristband (black & white) + Admission for one to the "Route 66" exhibition preview on June 7, 2014 + "Route 66" pin + Pair of museum admission passes to see the exhibition when it opens in June 2014 + Your name posted to the "Route 66" website and exclusive exhibition e-mail updates. (This perk was added 3/26. If you have already given at this level, we will make sure you also receive these perks!)

    13 out of 66 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Bring a Date!

    - Admission for two to the "Route 66" exhibition preview on June 7, 2014 - "Route 66" T-shirt + "Route 66" pin + Pair of museum admission passes to see the exhibition when it opens in June 2014 + Your name posted to the "Route 66" website and exclusive exhibition e-mail updates.

    31 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $250USD
    Curator-led Tour

    - Invitation for two to a curator-led tour of the "Route 66" exhibition* + Admission for two to the "Route 66" exhibition preview on June 7, 2014 + "Route 66" T-shirt + "Route 66" pin + Pair of museum admission passes to see the exhibition when it opens in June 2014 + Your name posted to the "Route 66" website and exclusive exhibition e-mail updates

    5 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500USD
    VIP Experience

    - Invitation for two to attend the "Route 66" VIP donor reception on June 6, 2014 + Invitation for two to a curator-led tour of the "Route 66" exhibition* + Admission for two to the "Route 66" exhibition preview on June 7, 2014 + "Route 66" T-shirt + "Route 66" pin + Pair of museum admission passes to see the exhibition when it opens + Your name posted to the "Route 66" website and exclusive exhibition e-mail updates

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Street Banner and More

    - One "Route 66" promotional street banner (available for pickup after the exhibition is over; shipping costs not included, if needed) - Special recognition on the Autry’s Donor Wall and all of the above perks

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $2,500USD
    Curator Convo

    - A one-hour lunch- or web-based chat with Jeffrey Richardson, the exhibition’s curator* - Private curator-led tour for 6 of the "Route 66" exhibition and all of the above perks*

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Route 66 Road Warrior

    - Name listed as Sponsor in all materials published during the run of the exhibition (except those already in production) and all of the above perks

    2 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Presidential Perk

    - Special lunch with W. Richard West, Jr., the Autry’s President and CEO, and Jeffrey Richardson, the exhibition’s curator, and all of the above perks*

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $66,000USD
    Say My Name

    - Name listed on “Route 66” title wall at entrance to the exhibition (if received by May 16, 2014), and all of the above perks*

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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