Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Getting kicks from Kitsch.

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Museum seeks souvenirs from Route 66 to celebrate the 75th anniversary this summer

Early travelers on Route 66 palely faced now-classic tourist trauma on their trip to the Pacific Ocean: faulty cars, roadside mechanics, scarce water and iffy food.

And they usually returned sunburned, dehydrated and happy bearing what, back then, was pretty much the golden fleece from the road cheap souvenirs, gifts for the relatives, film exposures ready to become photographs and first-hand accounts of their first dip in the diversity pool that was Southwestern culture.

All that "stuff" from the Mother Road is what the state Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is looking for when it opens its doors Saturday and Sunday, in preparation for "Get Your Kitsch on Route 66," said Joseph Traugott, curator of an upcoming exhibit commemorating the highway's path through New Mexico.

Traugott and other state museum officials are hoping former Route 66 travelers, and their progeny, will bring in objects, photographs and travel diaries that will best show off America's first burst of car culture in the state. …

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