19 Aug 1997 – Wildwood, NJ: Fins, Family Fun, and the Fabulous ’50s
Located between flashy Atlantic City and Victorian Cape May, the towns collectively called the Wildwoods are known for their open beaches, great rides, and flamboyant motels. Beginning in the 1950s, the Wildwoods saw a decade of unprecedented growth, with motels adapting the style of the time now referred to as Populuxe, Googie, or Doo-Wop.
SCA’s conference balanced the fun of the resort with thoughtful analysis.
|The Search for a Usable Past: Retrieving, Re-using and Re-creating History
Gail Hayman Cohen, Manager Main Street WildwoodThe Wildwoods Then and Now: An American Original
Elan Zingman-Leith, co-author with his wife of The Secret Life of Victorian Houses and Creating Authentic Victorian Living RoomsPopuluxe
Thomas Hine, author of Populuxe
Commercialuxe: The Doo-Wop Style in Wildwood
Disney’s Boardwalk: The Wisdom of Wildwood?
|The SCA Tourist: In Search of an Automobile Resort’s Golden Age
Daniel Vieyra, Kent State UniversityMain Street: The Changing Face of Downtown
Barbara Swanda, Director, Main Street New JerseyLearning from the Wildwoods: Looking Back to Move Forward
Steven Izenour, partner, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, co-author of Learning from Las Vegas and White Towers
Googie Preserved: Restoring the Past’s Future
Dialing for Doo-Wop Dollars: Cultural and Heritage Tourism as an Economic Development Tool