SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap and
SCA invite you to

SCA@BLOBFEST 2018

July 13-15 – Phoenixville, PA

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SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap and
SCA invite you to

SCA@BLOBFEST 2018

July 13-15 – Pheonixville, PA

REGISTER NOW

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap and
SCA invite you to

SCA@BLOBFEST 2018

July 13-15 – Phoenixville, PA

BUY TICKETS NOW

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

The Society for Commercial Archeology is the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape.

We’re quite a group: preservationists, urban planners, historians, teachers, students, collectors, librarians, artists and just all-around general enthusiasts. And we invite you to join us.

Photo ©2018 Molly Block

We publish the prestigious SCA Journal and SCA News (online here and here). We also host annual events and conferences, bring attention to preservation challenges and opportunities, publish tour guides and maintain a very active Facebook page.

Read more about what we do, check out upcoming events and to subscribe to our free email newsletter.

Photo ©2018 Molly Block

The Society for Commercial Archeology is the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape.

We’re quite a group: preservationists, urban planners, historians, teachers, students, collectors, librarians, artists and just all-around general enthusiasts. And we invite you to join us.

We publish the prestigious SCA Journal and SCA News (online here and here). We also host annual events and conferences, focus attention on preservation challenges and opportunities, publish tour guides and maintain a very active Facebook page.

Read more about what we do, check out upcoming events and to subscribe to our free email newsletter.

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Upcoming Events

JOIN US JULY 13 – 15 FOR SCA @ BLOBFEST 2018!

Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap and SCA invite you to visit Phoenixville, PA for Blobfest 2018. Hosted at the historic Colonial Theatre, Blobfest is a three-day celebration commemorating the original 1958 classic, THE BLOB.

Blobfest includes screenings of The Blob and other horror classics, re-enactment of the “running out of the theatre screeming” sequence, and a street fair.

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SCA Journal and SCA News

SCA Makes History

By Irene Lule The SCA Archive documents the activities and business of the organization from its inception to the present, and is now available at Texas Archival Resources Online. A sampling of photographs documenting the American roadside from the SCA ...
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Behind the Story: The Blue Hole

Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation Christine Henry reveals some of the secrets behind her article in the Spring 2018 Issue of the SCA Journal, “Getting to the Bottom of Ohio’s Mysterious Blue Hole.” Q&A What inspired you to write this ...
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Five Faves: The San Jose Signs Project

By Heather M. David “Because of a still substantial sign inventory here, there's an overwhelming capacity for San Jose to take a leading role in Bay Area sign preservation efforts… But most of all, the great hope is that rallying ...
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Getting to the Bottom of Ohio’s Mysterious Blue Hole

By Christine Rae Henry The Blue hole, touted as one of Ohio’s natural wonders, has always loomed large in my imagination. Located just east of the town of Castalia, only six miles south of the shore of Sandusky Bay on ...
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Behind the Story: The Fountain of Youth

Historic preservation planner Chris Berger answers a few questions regarding his article in the Spring 2018 issue of the SCA Journal, “Fountain of Youth-Themed Cyclorama Awaits New Life in Florida” Q&A What inspired you to write this article? I was ...
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Road Trip!

From the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Jersey Shore, with stops at just about every diner in between, we love our road trips! Join us, and join us on our next adventure.

Journal & More

Among the many benefits of SCA membership are our two outstanding printed publications, the SCA Journal and SCA Road Notes. Excerpts here, with full access for members.

Get Published!

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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News & Advocacy

Roadside News | April 2018

In each issue of Roadside News, the SCA’s quarterly e-newsletter, we highlight stories of interest from around the web. Send your tips to enews@sca-roadside.org. Bringing back 'historic' Myrtle Beach: How Doo Wop motels could make a comeback. Myrtle Beach looks to Wildwood, N.J. as inspiration to restore its remaining Doo Wop motels. Attend a party for the Houston Astrodome. A free ...
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SCA Q&A with Corri Jimenez of Mid-Century Modern Reno

What is happening in Reno, Nevada? Reno’s wonderful collection of mid-century motels exists primarily because Reno was an automobile travel stop in the post war era. Reno is a transportation island, located more than 300 miles from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Oakland, and is positioned at the intersection of two major roadways, U.S. Highway 40 and ...
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How to Save a Roadside Place

Interested in saving an endangered roadside place? Unsure where to start? This guide will start you on your own journey toward saving a meaningful roadside icon in your community. Build Allies Building a coalition of support is the key to any successful preservation project. Begin by contacting local and state preservation organizations in your area. Make sure to share details ...
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