The Route 66 De Anza Association was founded in 2006 and is a New Mexico registered, nonprofit organization. It was created to save the De Anza from demolition, to achieve City of Albuquerque purchase of the property, to aid in the identification of a developer committed to appropriate rehabilitation, to write grants to conserve and preserve the extraordinary Zuni murals, and to collect critical artifacts including oral histories from those who remember the De Anza, all for the ultimate goal of public education.
The Route 66 De Anza Association preserves, collects, exhibits and interprets historical information, cultural artifacts, art and craft memorabilia and oral histories which concentrate on the unique cultural experience of Route 66 in New Mexico.
The Association also identifies resources, conducts research, provides documentation and educational presentations for the general public regarding the history of Route 66 including the unique relationship between Albuquerque’s De Anza Motor Lodge and the Zuni Pueblo that contributed to New Mexico’s route 66 experience.
President: Elizabeth Akiya Chestnut
Museum professional since l972, experience with archives, registration, curating/production of exhibits (permanent & traveling), multimedia production, museum director/manager of staff/volunteers (docents) ; broad academic background; grants writer/grants implementation (state/federal level); decades of work with Pueblo world.
Vice President: Tom Kennedy
Former Zuni museum director, now Director, Zuni Department of Tourism: extensive experience in economic development projects promoting cultural tourism in McKinley County, NM.
Secretary: Robert Williams
Architect, formerly with Dekker Perich Sabatini, now with AA, Las Cruces.
Treasurer: Ann Rodgers
Attorney, Pueblo & other Native American litigation, tribal matters; general legal pro bono support for organizational efforts in various dimensions.
Board Members: Rob Munro, Bob White, Cynthia Tidwell, and Jim Trump