Fort Collins, Colorado
September 13-16, 2018

Register now and SAVE $100. Register for the conference and sign up for special events and optional field sessions. DON'T DELAY, Early Bird Registration closes July 31st.

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We have an exceptional program of fine speakers and stunning venues to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of PTHR. From our opening reception overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park to tours along some of Colorado's finest scenic and historic roads, the Preliminary Conference Program will provide you with a schedule for the conference, details on paper sessions, special events and field sessions, and information to help you plan your travel to Fort Collins, Colorado.

To view the Preliminary Conference Program, CLICK HERE Updated 13 Aug.
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Preserving the Historic Road is the leading international conference dedicated to the identification, preservation and management of historic roads. Join us in historic downtown Fort Collins as we celebrate 20 years of advocacy for historic roads and look to the future of this important heritage movement that began in 1998 with our first conference in Los Angeles. The 2018 conference promises to be an exceptional venue for robust discussion on the future of historic roads in the United States and around the globe. Don't miss Preserving the Historic Road 2018!

Preserving the Historic Road has issued a Call for Papers. Paper abstracts are due February 28, 2018.
For information on submitting a paper abstract available here:
Call for Papers (US letter format) | Call for Papers (A4 format)

Little Threads of Civilization: The Origins of Roads Designed for Pleasure
Join Dan Marriott for an illustrated lecture "Little Threads of Civilization" presented to the Landscape Institute Scotland in Edinburgh. The talk traces British origins behind the first roads constructed for pleasure and traces their influence in America from Central Park to the automobile parkways of the early twentieth century.
To view the lecture CLICK HERE >>

A Well-Paved City
"A Well-Paved City" by Robin Williams, PhD, explores "variety, locality and modernity in paving Savannah's streets" in this interesting article from ARRIS, The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Learn how Savannah, Georgia, like many cities, experimented with different street pavements from the Colonial period to the early modern era.
To view the article, CLICK HERE >>

Preserving the Historic Road 2014
Savannah, Georgia, September 26-28, 2014

To view the final 2014 Conference Program CLICK HERE >>

Savannah, Georgia, "The Hostess City of the South," provides a beautiful backdrop to our next conference, Savannah 26 – 28, 2014. Upon founding Savannah in 1733 General James Oglethorpe organized the now famous squares as military parade grounds among the residences, businesses and churches of the capital city of the 13th Colony. Beyond Savannah, American Indian roads transformed into colonial trade routes, such as the King’s Road, and were later used during the Revolutionary and Civil wars. These same roads evolved into the highways of the modern era, providing the lifeline between growing industries and the bustling Port of Savannah. These same roads further enticed travelers to southern vacationlands via the Dixie Highway and the Atlantic Coastal Highway (US 17). So journey on down with your fellow road enthusiasts and enjoy some fine southern hospitality!

The 2014 Preserving the Historic Road Conference, partnered with the National Scenic Byways Foundation, will provide a diverse and comprehensive conference program, which will include enlightening educational sessions, and informative mobile workshops to unique sites (featuring some great shrimp, grits and barbeque). The combination of these events will let you experience southern road culture, history and local issues that tie in to the national, and global, perspective of historic road identification and protection.

We hope this year’s conference transports you through history through the stories that roads create, whether they surround city squares or traverse as national highways. Historic roads are connections through time and place. We thank you for traveling to Savannah to participate in lively discussions, share your insights and experiences. Our goal is to ensure you have a memorable experience, filled with southern hospitality. Take home new ideas and strategies to help in your continuing efforts to tell your stories and preserve historic roads in your states and communities.

We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for sponsoring Preserving the Historic Road 2014. We invite you to visit our sponsor’s websites to learn more about their work with historic preservation and transportation policy.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Coastal Heritage Society
Georgia Department of Transportatio
Georgia Historic Preservation Division
Mead & Hunt
National Park Service
National Preservation Institute
National Scenic Byways Foundation
Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates
Savannah College of Art and Design
Simo Community Design
SRI Foundation
Tybee Island Light Station and Museum

New Partner: We welcome The National Scenic Byways Foundation as a partner for the 2014 Preserving the Historic Road conference in Savannah. The planning committee is excited by the opportunity to expand learning opportunities for all our attendees through papers addressing byway topics.

Preserving the Historic Road 2012
Indianapolis, Indiana, September 20-22, 2012

Preserving the Historic Road 2012 was a great success. Delegates from over 22 states (from Alaska to Georgia) and four nations (Australia, France, Italy, and Spain) gathered in downtown Indianapolis for three full days of engaging conversation and fellowship. Highlights included engaging opening presentations by Pua’nani Burgess from Hawaii and Dwight Foster from the NTSB. Educational session topics ranged from preserving bridges and pavement to historic motor raceways. Participants had the opportunity to study historic road management best practices on the National Road to Indianapolis’ celebrated parkways and, for the first time at PTHR, a closing Saturday reception at Indiana Landmarks’ restored Central Avenue Methodist Church. We look forward to welcoming you to Savannah, Georgia for our 2014 conference. Updates will be posted here. To view the 2012 Preserving the Historic Road Conference Program, please CLICK HERE >>

The National Road and the Difficult Path to Sustainable National Investment
The National Road and the Difficult Path to Sustainable National Investment by Dr. Theodore Sky (Closing Keynote PTHR 2010) has been published by the University of Delaware Press and is available for purchase. Dr. Sky's book provides a comprehensive history of the first federally financed interstate highway, an approximately 600-mile span that joined Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois in the nineteenth century. This book covers the road's contribution to the cultural, economic, and administrative history of the United States, its decline during the second half of the nineteenth century, and its revival in the twentieth century in the form of U.S. Route 40. The book provides valuable insights into the story of the constitutional significance of the National Road as an early federal investment in public infrastructure. For more information, CLICK HERE >>

Preserving the Historic Road 2010
Washington, DC, September 9-12, 2010

Preserving the Historic Road 2010 was a great success. Delegates from over 30 states (from Alaska to Florida) and five nations (Australia, France, Israel, Spain and the United Kingdom) gathered in downtown Washington, DC for four full days of engaging conversation and fellowship. Highlights included opening remarks from Jon Jarvis, the Director of the National Park Service, and top representatives from AASHTO, US-ICOMOS and FHWA. Educational session topics ranged from the Cănadas Reales of the Castile Crown in Spain and roadside mailboxes in Australia, to documenting prison labor on early motor roads in New Mexico and accident analysis for historic roads from the National Transportation Safety Board. Participants had the opportunity to study historic road management best practices in nearby Maryland and Virginia and, for the first time at PTHR, a public session on Sunday showcased the history of the streets and avenues of our Nation’s Capital. To view the 2010 Preserving the Historic Road Conference Program,
please CLICK HERE >>

 The Preservation Office Guide to Historic Roads
A new publication, The Preservation Office Guide to Historic Roads, Clarifying Preservation Goals for State Historic Preservation Offices, Establishing Expectations for State Transportation Offices, is now available for state, tribal and local preservation offices. Written by Paul Daniel Marriott, with the generous underwriting of the James Marston Fitch Foundation of New York, this illustrated 86 page guide provides an introduction to the history of road design in the United States, definitions of historic road types and state and federal preservation and transportation policies. Learn the basics of historic road preservation. To download the guide, CLICK HERE >>

Iowa’s Historic Automobile Roads
Iowa’s Historic Automobile Roads is a comprehensive guide that can serve as a model for many states. This thematic study encompasses the components of historic roads related to technology and engineering, materials, construction, identification, and evaluation for Section 106 review purposes. The study presents information on how to identify, survey, and document historic roads in Iowa, and evaluate their significance under the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places. To download a copy of the guide, CLICK HERE >>

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Inscribed in World
Heritage List

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Spanish colonial "Royal Road to the Interior" has been inscribed in the World Heritage List, August 2010. The listing reflects 55 historic sites (pavement sections, bridges, taverns, landscape markers, architectural monuments and town and city streets) that showcase the design, construction and cultural influence of the great sixteenth-century highway from Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). This is one of the first historic roads to be honored by World Heritage recognition. At this time, only the Mexican Government has chosen to advance their section of the historic road for World Heritage listing--the historic route of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in the United States is not a part of this listing, but has been designated as a National Historic Trail by the National Park Service. To learn more about the new designation and the history of this great road, please CLICK HERE >>

Protecting Historic Street Trees
The Council of Europe and European Landscape Convention has published an comprehensive and useful paper titled: "Road Infrastructures: Tree Avenues in the Landscape." This beautifully illustrated 64 page paper discusses the history of street tree plantings in Europe, the rise of automobile and safety policies leading to their destruction, and new efforts and laws designed to preserve and protect heritage trees. To read this paper and learn how this study may help with the protection of historic street trees in your community, please CLICK HERE >>

Preserving the Historic Road 2008
Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 11-14, 2008

Preserving the Historic Road's 10 Year Anniversary in Albuquerque, New Mexico was a great success! Participants and speakers from 30 states, Australia, France and Japan gathered near the historic intersection of El Camino Real and US Route 66 to discuss and debate the future of historic roads. Delegates were welcomed at the historic deco/pueblo-style KiMo Theatre on Historic Route 66 and given the opportunity to learn about the new National Cooperative Highway Research Program study (NCHRP 25-29A) addressing historic roads. Noted author Michael Wallis gave the opening keynote after a brief screening of the Disney-Pixar film "Cars." Twenty education sessions were offered and tours studying historic roads in New Mexico provided opportunities for learning in the field. The closing keynote address was presented my noted preservation scholar Chester Liebs and delegates were invited to Washington, DC for the 2010 conference.

Preserving the Historic Road 2008--The French Perspective
Route Nostalgie, the French Journal dedicated to historic roads, has posted a summary of Preserving the Historic Road 2008 on its website. To view the article (in French) please CLICK HERE >>

New Jersey Historic Roads Photos Online
The State of New Jersey has newly posted images of historic roads in the Garden State available online. The collection includes construction, bridges, dedication events, aerial shots and more. To view the images and learn more about this exceptional resource, CLICK HERE >>

Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series
Use the National Park Service's Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series to learn from and plan trips to thousands of special places included in the official National Register of Historic Places of the United States. For more information, CLICK HERE >>

New AASHTO Publication
AASHTO's Center for Environmental Excellence has just published "Consulting Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act." The publication introduces Section 106 to the transportation community and clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved with a historic transportation facility listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. To view or download this publication

New Technical Bulletin for Historic Roads
The National Park Service has issued Preservation Brief 46, "The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations" It is available for sale from the Government Printing Office (GPO): (866) 512-1800

European Communities Reduce Regulatory Sign Clutter
A growing number of European communities are experimenting with improving street safety by removing regulatory signs. CLICK HERE >>

New Historic Roads Book
America's Park Roads and Parkways: Drawings from the Historic American Engineering Record is the latest publication showcasing the design and engineering of historic roads in the United States. CLICK HERE >>

Rakeman Paintings
View the transportation paintings of Bureau of Public Roads Artist Carl Rakeman. CLICK HERE >>




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