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Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

Conference Details

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Conference Details

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Photo: Vintage Wisconsin Dells

Conference Details

The SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the signs, structures and experiences of the 20th-century American roadscape.

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Albany Pop-Up Tour a Huge Success – On a spectacularly beautiful May day in 2019, the SCA hosted a 5-hour tour of the “Automobile-Related Environment of New York State,” retracing the route mapped for our 1989 conference. See story and photos.

The SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the signs, structures and experiences of the 20th-century American roadscape.

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Articles

All SCA Journals Now Available for Download

All SCA Journals Now Available for Download

All back issues of the beautiful SCA Journal have been digitized and are now available for download. And members can download as many copies of as many back issues as they’d like ... for FREE! What a great reason to join!
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Sombreros Tequila & Sin

Sombreros Tequila & Sin

By Douglas C. Towne – For Cinco de Mayo, the SCA celebrates in true roadside style with a classic article by Douglas Towne on the "turista" districts just south of the border.
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Midwest Five Faves

Midwest Five Faves

FULL ARTICLE by Mary Ann Buckner – A vintage Five Faves documenting Mary Ann’s drive-by finds during a summer trip to photograph the lighthouses of Lake Michigan.
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Landrum’s – The Biggest Little Diner

Landrum’s – The Biggest Little Diner

FULL ARTICLE by Mella Rothwell Harmon – Landrum’s Diner in Reno, NV, is small, just 240 square feet, yet it plays an unusually large role in local history.
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Upcoming Events

NYC Five Faves Pop-Up

NYC Five Faves Pop-Up

October 12, 2019: Join the Society for Commercial Archeology for a pop-up event in New York City on October 12, 2019, as we follow our president, Michael Hirsch, in search of his Manhattan Five Faves.
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Wacky Wisconsin – SCA’s 42nd Annual Conference

Wacky Wisconsin – SCA’s 42nd Annual Conference

Join us for “Wacky Wisconsin” – SCA’s 42nd Annual Conference. The event will bring together roadside enthusiasts, historic preservationists, and academic scholars interested in commercial roadside artifacts. Conference details.
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News

SCA Weekly News: May 19, 2019

SCA Weekly News: May 19, 2019

For the love of neon! And fast food. And fast-disappearing roadside treasures.
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Albany 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Tour

Albany 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Tour

On May 18, 2019, the Society for Commercial Archeology hosted a pop-up event in Albany, New York. We retraced (more or less) our 1989 tour. Using the original program as our guide, we hopped in our cars, connected via cell phone, and saw what was still there, what had changed and what has disappeared ... adding a few new finds – and friends – along the way.
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SCA Weekly News: May 12, 2019

SCA Weekly News: May 12, 2019

Raina Regan gives us this week’s news rundown.
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SCA Weekly News: 5/5/19

SCA Weekly News: 5/5/19

Adaptive reuse, cafe revivals and a neon boneyard are among the news items that captured Michael Hirsch's attention this week.
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SCA Weekly News: 4/28/19

SCA Weekly News: 4/28/19

Even the most creative potato fanatic would have a hard time imagining one that is large enough to sleep in. Not our Emily. Join her for this and four other roadside stories of the week.
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Road Trips

From the Black Hills to the Jersey Shore, with stops at every diner in between, our conferences, caravans and pop-ups are the stuff of legend! Join us on our next adventure.

Journal & Web

In addition to our conferences, caravans and pop-up events, SCA benefits include the prestigious SCA Journal, SCA Road Notes, and password access to member-only content on our website.

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The SCA offers quality publication opportunities for preservation professionals, academics, authors, independent scholars and enthusiasts. We can’t wait to publish you!

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The Society for Commercial Archeology is an all-volunteer organization funded entirely by our members and donors.

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