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COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

SUMMER TOUR T-SHIRT

A commemoration and donation all in one

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COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

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SUMMER TOUR T-SHIRT

A commemoration and donation all in one

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Upcoming Events

<b>ZOOM EVENT:</b> “Holiday on the Roadside”

ZOOM EVENT: “Holiday on the Roadside”

Join the SCA as we explore the roadside holiday spirit on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 8pm EST with Mary Ann Michna, Michael Hirsch and Nichole Christine Edwards.
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<span style="color: red; font-weight: 700">RESCHEDULED:</span> Summer Tour

RESCHEDULED: Summer Tour

PLEASE NOTE: Our marvelous mid-century weekend in Queens, New York, sponsored by the Society for Commercial Archeology and co-host Retro Roadmap, has been postponed to 2021 (at the earliest) due the COVID-19 crisis. Please see details.
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News

SCA Weekly News Review: November 22, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: November 22, 2020

What do a bridge, a silo, a sign, some shoes and a duck have in common?
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<b>ZOOM EVENT:</b> Rick Kilby’s “From Mesmerizing Mermaids to Water-skiing Elephants”

ZOOM EVENT: Rick Kilby’s “From Mesmerizing Mermaids to Water-skiing Elephants”

In this ZOOM presentation recorded November 11, 2020, Rick Kilby discussed Florida’s pre-Disney era, where places like Rainbow, Silver, and Weeki Wachee Springs evolved to try to separate these visitors from their wallets.
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NEW! THE JIM SEELEN MOTEL IMAGES COLLECTION

14,000 MOTELS

SCA member Jim “Motel King” Seelen’s motel images collection is now part of our library. This database contains more than 23,000 images with details on more than 14,000 motels that once operated in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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NEW! THE JIM SEELEN MOTEL IMAGES COLLECTION

14,000 MOTELS

SCA member Jim “Motel King” Seelen’s motel images collection is part of our library. This database contains more than 23,000 images with details on more than 14,000 motels that once operated in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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Articles

Reading List: Race, Architecture and Travel

Reading List: Race, Architecture and Travel

This fascinating reading list, a mixture of academic journals, books, and newspaper articles curated by SCA board members Kimberly Ellis and Irene Lule, introduces us to a range of work on the related topics of race, architecture, and travel.
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Living at the Motel

Living at the Motel

FULL ARTICLE by Elsa Court – The increase in the urban population combined with the stagnation of wages in the service industry have made it more likely for middle-class households resort to using budget motel rooms as semi-permanent accommodation.
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The Atomic Roadside

The Atomic Roadside

By Douglas Towne – Las Vegas knows how to throw a party like no other. But no matter how cutting-edge Sin City soirees are today, there's no competing with the fiery bashes the city held in the 1950s.
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Revisiting: Boring Postcards

Revisiting: Boring Postcards

In 2005, we published a short book review of Boring Postcards, by photographer Martin Parr. The original review is reposted here. But before taking the short trip back, it would be worth your time to take detour into Parr’s full oeuvre.
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Q&A: Alison Isenberg on <em>Downtown America</em>

Q&A: Alison Isenberg on Downtown America

As part of our commitment to exploration of the scholarly history of the American roadside as it relates to issues of race, class and gender, we proudly present this Q&A with Alison Isenberg, author of Downtown America.
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Q&A: Victoria Wolcott on <em>Race, Riots, and Rollercoasters</em>

Q&A: Victoria Wolcott on Race, Riots, and Rollercoasters

The SCA is building a list of academic works focused on the intersection of American culture and the American roadside. To kick things off, we invited Victoria W. Wolcott, Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, to answer a few questions about her book, Race, Riots, and Rollercoasters.
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