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Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for America’s
Roadside Heritage

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

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Celebrating the signs, structures and experiences of the 20th-century American roadscape.

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Upcoming Events

<b>Zoom Event:</b> Ralph Wilcox – <em>The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas</em>

Zoom Event: Ralph Wilcox – The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas

Register now for our February 10, 2021 Zoom event. Join Ralph Wilcox, National Register & Survey Coordinator at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, for a program on The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas. Free for members.
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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

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

DR PATRICK'S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Caves and Cars on Missouri’s Route 66

DR PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Caves and Cars on Missouri’s Route 66

The limestones of the Missouri Ozarks are pock marked with show caves that prospered on the traffic of Route 66.
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Book Review: Traces of J.B. Jackson

Book Review: Traces of J.B. Jackson

By Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, reviewed by Philip Langdon: If commercial archeology had a patron saint, it would doubtless be John Brinckerhoff Jackson.
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C-Span: Lectures in History –20th-Century Roadside Attractions

C-Span: Lectures in History –20th-Century Roadside Attractions

In this C-SPAN presentation, University of Mary Washington Professor (and SCA member) Christine Henry talks about the history of roadside attractions and her own experience traveling to a freshwater pond in Ohio called the Blue Hole.
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5 Faves: Fredricksburg, Texas

5 Faves: Fredricksburg, Texas

By Mike Carsten – Historic preservation is vital to residents of Fredericksburg, Texas. Although there are many memorable places for commercial archeologists, here are my five faves.
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A Good Night’s Sleep

A Good Night’s Sleep

By Lyle Miller – The sign beckons you, the building interests you, and the office welcomes you, but the room itself defines most of your motel lodging experience ...
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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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