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ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Conference | MORE Events

SOCIETY for

COMMERCIAL

ARCHEOLOGY

Advocates for
America’s
Roadside Heritage

Conference More Events

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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Exclusive access to our pop-up events, subscriptions to the prestigious SCA Journal and SCA Road Notes (including free digital downloads), password access to the full text of all articles published to this website, member pricing and invitations to our annual conference and caravan – plus the good feeling that comes with being a part of a great cause. All for just $45 annually ($35 for students).

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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.

Join us and get all these benefits:

Exclusive access to our pop-up events, subscriptions to the prestigious SCA Journal and SCA Road Notes (including free digital downloads), password access to the full text of all articles published to this website, member pricing and invitations to our annual conference and caravan – plus the good feeling that comes with being a part of a great cause. All for just $45 annually ($35 for students).

See what we do, subscribe to our free email newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Upcoming Events

Conference: Preserving the Recent Past 3 + SCA Affiliate Session

Conference: Preserving the Recent Past 3 + SCA Affiliate Session

March 13-16, 2019: We invite you to join us at the upcoming PRP3 conference in Los Angeles. SCA is a Cooperating Partner, and will be hosting an Affiliate Session – “Leaping Muffler Men in a Single Bound: Getting to Know SCA and America’s Roadside Heritage.” Lunch and prizes!
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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
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Wacky Wisconsin – SCA’s 42nd Annual Conference

Wacky Wisconsin – SCA’s 42nd Annual Conference

June 5-8, 2019: Members and non-members are invited to join the SCA for Wacky Wisconsin Dells 2019, our 42nd Annual Conference. The conference will include two Racine favorites, SC Johnson’s Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings and an O & H Danish Kringle, a tour of the Wisconsin Dells, "the waterpark capital
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Journal and Road Notes

Green Gable Cabin Camps

Green Gable Cabin Camps

By Lyell Henry – In spite of the depressed national economy, the late 1920s and the very early 1930s were good years for tourist camp start-ups. In this SCA classic article from 2013, Lyell Henry makes the case that the now forgotten Green Gable Cabin Camps came closer to the franchising practices that became commonplace after World War II than any other chain.
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Tonopah, Nevada Clowns Around with the American Psyche

Tonopah, Nevada Clowns Around with the American Psyche

By Elsa Court – A Facebook mention about an article on Tonopah, Nevada and its Clown Motel in the Fall 2018 SCA Journal really hit a primal nerve, generating more engagement and attracting more shares than almost any previous post. Here's the article.
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Behind the Story: Do Uneeda Ghost?

Behind the Story: Do Uneeda Ghost?

FULL ARTICLE by Ronald Ladouceur – Professor of marketing at the University at Albany, Ronald Ladouceur, talks about his passion for ghost signs, and how that passion led to his article in the fall 2018 issue of the SCA Journal, “Do Uneeda Ghost? Hurry, They’re Going Fast.”
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5 Faves: Astoria, Oregon

5 Faves: Astoria, Oregon

FULL ARTICLE by Douglas Towne – Astoria is known as the “Graveyard of Ships” because of the hundreds of nearby wrecks caused by challenging currents formed by where the mighty river meets the Pacific Ocean. The meeting of these two water bodies is so treacherous. Fortunately, the port city is much kinder to its commercial archeology.
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News

SCA Weekly News Review: January 13, 2019

SCA Weekly News Review: January 13, 2019

This week’s roadside news, courtesy of Raina Regan.
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SCA Weekly News: Jan 1, 2019

SCA Weekly News: Jan 1, 2019

Michael Hirsch wishes you a Happy New Year with four year-end news stories ... and an invitation to any and/or all of SCA’s 2019 events!
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SCA Weekly News: Dec 23, 2018

SCA Weekly News: Dec 23, 2018

This week, Emily Taggart Schricker takes us on a generally holiday-themed tour, with added servings of roast beef, corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian Dressing.
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TWA Hotel Hard Hat Tour: Oct. 30, 2018

TWA Hotel Hard Hat Tour: Oct. 30, 2018

On October 30, 2018, the SCA hosted an exclusive members only pop-up hard hat tour of the new TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in Jamaica, NY. The hotel’s lobby is the original TWA Terminal, designed in 1962 by Eero Saarinen (of St. Louis Arch fame), faithfully restored. The new hotel will include
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SCA Weekly News: Dec 16, 2018

SCA Weekly News: Dec 16, 2018

Long time SCA member Keith Sculle forwards the story of the “been here so long we’re hip again” Goldpanner Chevron in Fairbanks, and Jeremy Ebersole, now on break from his Master’s, adds four more quirky finds.
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