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Advocates for America’s
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Photo: Vintage Wisconsin Dells

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Conference Details

Photo: Vintage Wisconsin Dells

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Photo: Vintage Wisconsin Dells

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OCTOBER 30, 2018

Members Only: TWA Hotel Hard Hat Tour

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

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This fall, SCA members enjoyed an exclusive hard hat tour of Eero Saarinen’s 1962 masterpiece, the TWA terminal at JFK, soon to be the TWA Hotel. Where are we going next? See upcoming events.

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

Shoppers World and the Regional Shopping Center in Greater Boston

Shoppers World and the Regional Shopping Center in Greater Boston

FULL ARTICLE by Kathleen Kelly Broomer – This is the story of Shoppers World, one of the nation's first regional shopping centers. This is also the first article published in the first issue of the SCA Journal, Fall-Winter 1994-1995.
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Accommodations “For Colored”

Accommodations “For Colored”

By Lyell Henry – Into the 1960s, guides, like the now-famous “Green Book,” were indispensable aids for thousands of black travelers. In this “SCA Journal Classic,” retired Mount Mercy College political science professor Lyell Henry discusses the history of “motoring while black” in the pre-Civil Rights era.
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A Retro Magic Carpet Ride

A Retro Magic Carpet Ride

FULL ARTICLE by Douglas Towne – For most of the 20th century, the Near East captivated Americans, its influence extending coast to coast. Countless owners of motels, restaurants and nightclubs bet their economic futures that naming their business after elements of this region would bring success.
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Thar’s Gold In Them Foothills!

Thar’s Gold In Them Foothills!

FULL ARTICLE by Michelle Begay – After World War II, the motel evolved into something not seen before in American life – a self-contained roadside oasis. The Foothills Motel complex exemplified the major shift in the middle-class pursuit of recreation and leisure.
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Upcoming Events

Albany 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Tour

Albany 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Tour

May 18, 2019: Join the Society for Commercial Archeology for a free members-only pop-up event in Albany, New York on May 18, 2019, as we retrace (more or less) our 1989 tour. Using the original program as our guide, we will hop in our cars, connect via cell phone, and see what is still there, what has changed and what has disappeared.
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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: Mar 24, 2019

SCA Weekly News: Mar 24, 2019

Take a Sunday drive with Emily Taggert Schricker and Keith Schulle past Natick’s “Man on a Ladder,” the U.S.’s oldest continuously-operating Chinese restaurant, a new roadside museum dedicated to the African-American experience on Route 66, Surry’s digital time machine, and the Haines Shoe House, where we pay tribute to late owner Melanie Schmuck.
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SCA Weekly News: Mar 17, 2019

SCA Weekly News: Mar 17, 2019

Five news items of interest brought to us this week by SCA VP Jeremy Ebersole.
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SCA Weekly News: Mar 10, 2019

SCA Weekly News: Mar 10, 2019

We can always count on Raina Regan to curate a wonderfully quirky collection of roadside news items. And Keith Sculle adds a bonus.
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SCA Weekly News: Mar 3, 2019

SCA Weekly News: Mar 3, 2019

Join Michael Hirsch on a tour down the eclectic highway, which thanks to the internet, crosses borders ... and oceans ... unimpeded.
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Free Download: SCA Journal Fall-Winter 94-95

Free Download: SCA Journal Fall-Winter 94-95

To celebrate the start of the SCA Journal Scanning Project, for a limited time we are offing our first issue – Fall-Winter 1994-95 – as a FREE download.
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Road Trips

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