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Roadside Heritage

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ARCHEOLOGY

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America’s
Roadside Heritage

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SUMMER TOUR T-SHIRT

A commemoration and donation all in one

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SEE STORY: SCA Pop-up Tour of Manhattan’s Upper East Side a night of neon signs, historic parking garage architecture … and egg creams.

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

Subscribe to our free email newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And become a member, enjoy our great publications, SCA Journal and Road Notes, and join us on our next adventure!

SEE STORY: SCA Pop-up Tour of Manhattan’s Upper East Side a night of neon signs, historic parking garage architecture … and egg creams.

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

Subscribe to our free email newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And become a member, enjoy our great publications, SCA Journal and Road Notes, and join us on our next adventure!

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Upcoming Events

<span style="color: red; font-weight: 700">SOLD OUT!</strong></span> 2020 Summer Tour

SOLD OUT! 2020 Summer Tour

AUGUST 7-9, 2020: Join us for a marvelous mid-century weekend this summer in Queens, New York, as the Society for Commercial Archeology and Retro Roadmap co-host NYC: The Golden Age of Air Travel – SCA Summer 2020 Tour.
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News

SCA Weekly News Review: March 29, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: March 29, 2020

Five stories for these strange times, including a musical driving tour for Houston’s social-distancing age.
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SCA Weekly News Review: March 15, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: March 15, 2020

This week’s five-story trip.
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SCA Weekly News Review: March 8, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: March 8, 2020

In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day (today!), check out these five women-centric roadside and preservation stories.
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Articles

Safety on the Interstate: The Architecture of Rest Areas

Safety on the Interstate: The Architecture of Rest Areas

FULL ARTICLE by Joanna Dowling – Reduced now to nothing more than a place to pee, rest stops, officially “safety rest ares,” remind us not only of the early history that they seek to depict, but of our twentieth century transportation history that we seek to preserve.
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Common Ground: Landscape Mosaics at the Wisconsin State Office Building in Milwaukee

Common Ground: Landscape Mosaics at the Wisconsin State Office Building in Milwaukee

By Lillian Sizemore – Professor Marjorie Kreilick-McNab’s suite of 10 hand-cut modern mosaic murals for the Wisconsin State Office Building in Milwaukee deserve landmark designation and historic preservation.
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Vanishing Points: The Video

Vanishing Points: The Video

Cliff Leppke, author of the SCA Journal article, Vanishing Points: Phillips’ Postwar “New Look” Service Stations, also produced this video as part of his conference paper presentation.
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Vanishing Points: Phillips’ Postwar “New Look” Service Stations

Vanishing Points: Phillips’ Postwar “New Look” Service Stations

By Cliff Leppke – Phillips’ postwar stations were examples of the “New Look,” an abstract art influenced design aesthetic that became the zeitgeist of the 1950s.
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The Art of the Movie Theater: A Disappearing American Tradition

The Art of the Movie Theater: A Disappearing American Tradition

By Stefonie Klavens – During the Great Depression, opulent movie palaces allowed one to escape and dream a while for the price of a ticket.
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Bringing Back Broad

Bringing Back Broad

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE by Emily Taggart Schricker – In March 2019, SCA members were treated to a tour of three historic buildings situated north of Philadelphia’s City Hall – the Studebaker Building, the Divine Lorraine Hotel and the spectacular Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House.
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