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 http://www.cr.nps.gov/htdocs1/pub_aff/press/swpublis.htm 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 Southwest 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) 343-1836.