Message #160:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Travel Itinerary of the American Southwest
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 19:37:38 -0700

For Release: March 4, 1997
Program Contact: Patrick Andrus (202) 343-9519 
Public Affairs: Jacqui Handly (202) 208-4989

New National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary of the American

National Park Service Director Roger G. Kennedy today announced the
publication of the National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
of the American Southwest. This publication is part of Discover Our
Shared Heritage - a National Register Travel Itinerary Series that
explores our country's past through visiting historic places which
reflect major aspects of American history. Included in the itineraries
are National Parks, National Historic Landmarks, and other sites listed
in the National Register of Historic Places - the Nation's official list
of places important in our history and worthy of preservation. "Visiting
these sites can help foster an understanding and appreciation of our
Nation's heritage and encourage the preservation of these significant
places as living parts of our communities," said Kennedy.

The travel itineraries consist of self-guided tours which include a
brief historical essay and a description of each place's significance in
American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.
The itineraries provide maps, locations, photographs, and sources of
additional information on the historic sites that can be used to develop
individualized tours targeting specific geographic areas, historic
periods, or aspects of history.

This most recently published itinerary describes fifty-eight historic
places that relate to the early history of the American Southwest. It
includes historic sites, cliff dwellings, and living communities
associated with the first explorers and settlers of the American
Southwest -- the American Indians -- as well as historic forts,
churches, trading posts, and towns reflective of the Spanish, Mexican
and later American experience in the American Southwest. The major
themes highlighted in this itinerary are: the earliest settlement and
development of the American Southwest, American Indian culture,
encounters between Europeans and native peoples, the development of the
mission system, and the growth of Spanish and Mexican towns. The tour of
historic places in the American Southwest begins in southeastern Arizona
and ends in New Mexico.

This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary was developed
as a demonstration project by the National Park Service, U.S. Department
of the Interior, and the National Conference of State Historic
Preservation Officers. Its design and initial printing were made
possible by a gift from the American Express Company to the National
Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park
Service, to help support the National Register of Historic Places.

Because of the generosity of the American Express Company, copies of the
initial distribution of the travel itinerary are being made available,
free of charge, for distribution at the sites included on the tour and
by the Arizona and New Mexico State Historic Preservation Offices. There
may be a charge for the itinerary once the initial mailing is
distributed. Contact either: Office of Historic Preservation, Arizona
State Parks, 1300 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, telephone (602)
542-4009; or, the State Historic Preservation Division, Office of
Cultural Affairs, Villa Rivera Building, 3rd Floor, 228 E. Palace
Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87503, telephone (505) 827-6320.
Distributors of travel and tourism information can order the itineraries
in quantity (minimum 50 copies per order) for $2.00 per copy from: the
National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, 444 North
Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 342, Washington, D.C. 20001, telephone (202)
624-5465, FAX 202-624-5419.

For more information on the American Southwest itinerary contact the
National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, P.O. Box
37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7124, telephone (202) 343-9536, FAX (202)