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JUNE 2015

Dear Dave,

A few months ago, the National Scenic Byway Foundation began work to refresh our logo, develop a tagline, and refine our messages about who we are and what we offer. We will introduce the "new" look into our newsletter and other media over the coming months. One of our next major efforts will be to update and refresh our website incorporating the results of these branding efforts.

What about your byway?

How often do you stand back and take a fresh look? Your themes and stories? Your interpretive information? Your signage? Unique, special resources and sites along your byway? Perhaps your logo, brand and messages?

When I was admiring some new interpretive panels, a local person said to me, yeah, they should last about seven years. Her colleague said, yes, and that's a good thing. It's important to keep information fresh and replace the panels before they are too far gone.

What rules of thumb do you use? How do you apply them? When developing and fabricating panels? When deciding how much to spend on panels? When planning for their replacement? Interpretive panels are just an example. You likely know better than I the creation-and-replacement cycle for any improvement or enhancement associated with your byway.

There's always so much to do. And, you do so much for your byway. Visitors notice the results of your efforts. Thanks for all you do!

Best regards,

Rob Draper

Chair, National Scenic Byway Foundation

Around the Country: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad


Born a slave in 1820, Harriet Tubman is probably the most well-known figure on the Underground Railroad. She is credited with personally escorting over 300 slaves to freedom on more than 20 separate trips through Maryland and Delaware. These escapes included her own from Dorchester County, Md. in 1849 from a farm where she was enslaved.

Tubman was an abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy during the Civil War. Her 100 percent success rate in helping slaves escape to freedom made her a legend throughout the country. She is documented as traveling through Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware with the aid of local black families. She worked many times with the help of Thomas Garrett in Wilmington, Del. Several cases are documented through letters with Garrett and others active on the Railroad with connections leading north. After the war, Tubman settled in Auburn, N.Y. as a free woman and died there on March 10, 1913. This date is now celebrated nationally as Harriet Tubman Day. The year 2013 was the centennial celebration of Harriet Tubman Day and the day the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway was formally unveiled.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, which connects with the Maryland byway on Willow Grove Road, Kent County, is a series of Delaware roads that follow routes Tubman used when leading slaves from captivity in Maryland, through Delaware, to relative freedom in Pennsylvania.

Follow in Harriet's footsteps south to north by visiting the following public sites along the byway that are part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom: the Camden Friends Meeting House; Dover's Old State House; the Corbit-Sharp House and the Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House in Odessa; the New Castle Courthouse; and the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington.

Visitors to the byway will also be able to patronize businesses that are affiliated with the byway. A pilot program partnership between the byway and the Small Business Administration (SBA), has targeted businesses in the Wilmington Southbridge area and Camden to affiliate with the byway. The byway will help promote the businesses who agree to provide discount services or products, such as a lunch special, or provide space for byway information or a display. Each affiliated business receives a Harriet Tubman logo to place in their windows, letting everyone know of the byway connection. If this pilot program is successful, it will be launched to all the state's byways.

With Harriet Tubman leading the effort to free slaves, we hope history repeats itself with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway leading the effort to promote small businesses on our byways.


Contributed by Ann Gravatt

Federal Highways News - Transportation Funding Extension

On May 29, President Obama signed a two-month extension of highway funding into laws; Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 (which originated in the House as H.R.2353). Representative Shuster (PA), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, indicated that he would have preferred "to move an extension through the end of the year, but we will need more time to reach a bipartisan agreement on offsets." Many Congressional leaders hope to reach agreement on multi-year transportation funding. Reaching agreement on a multi-year bill likely will be a greater challenge (than another short-term extension).


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