CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Amused in the Alleghenies: SCA 46th Annual Conference and Tours

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Amused in the Alleghenies: SCA 46th Annual Conference and Tours


Amused in the Alleghenies: SCA 46th Annual Conference and Tours

MAY 31 – JUNE 4, 2023

Join the Society for Commercial Archeology at our upcoming 3-day conference in Erie, Pennsylvania, May 31 -June 4, 2023. We are currently soliciting abstracts for our 1-day presentation session. Submit yours today. Event registration coming soon.


The conference begins with an opening reception on Wednesday evening and includes two days of motorcoach tours and a day of paper sessions. The first bus tour will stop at some of Western Pennsylvania’s iconic spots, towns along route 6 and end with dinner on your own. The second bus tour will follow the historic route 6 to Cleveland, before concluding at a special 46th Anniversary dinner at Brewerie in the historic Union Station.


The Society for Commercial Archeology seeks proposals for its Erie conference day of presentations on Friday, June 2, 2023. The SCA welcomes proposals from presenters eager to share their investigations into the history and architecture of the American roadside with a diverse audience of preservationists, stewards, academics, writers, photographers, and others.
Individuals are encouraged to submit abstracts on topics exploring Northeastern roadside architecture, with a focus on the Great Lakes area, Mid-Century Modern commercial architecture, and preservation strategies for historic roadside architecture (restaurants, gas stations and motels) and tourism sites. Any topics related to the 20th century commercial landscape are welcome. Proposals for themed sessions are welcomed. Paper presentations are 20 minutes maximum accompanied by digital slides. Submit a paper proposal to share your knowledge with other passionate American roadside aficionados.


To propose a conference presentation, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and the following:

  • Title of presentation
  • Name, title, and occupation of speaker(s)
  • Mailing address and telephone number
  • Email address
  • Brief resume or curriculum vitae (no more than 1 page required)

Please note if you are submitting a 5-minute lighting talk.

More than one abstract may be submitted. Please follow the two guiding principles in making a presentation at an SCA conference: make it visual and make it fun!

Any individual interested in commercial archeology may participate in SCA conferences. Those accepted to present a paper session or lighting talk will be required to register for the conference; unfortunately, the SCA is unable to pay stipends or travel expenses of presenters. Membership in SCA is not required to attend the conference.

Abstracts must be received by March 15, 2023. Submit abstracts via e-mail to with the subject line “Erie Paper Session Proposal.”

Presenters will be notified by April 30, 2023 if their proposal has been accepted. Don’t miss the fun in Western Pennsylvania this Summer. Conference registration information will be available at by Spring.


Registration open soon.
May 31, Reception
June 1, Tour #1. Points West
June 2, Paper Symposium – at our base hotel
June 3, Tour #2. Points East
June 4, Checkout


PA Postcards

  • Presque Isle State Park
  • Coudersport Ice Mine: one of the oddest natural wonders in Pennsylvania
  • The Spillway at Pymatuning Reservoir to feed the fish at the second most popular tourist attraction in the state
  • Kinzua Bridge, a railroad trestle, 301 feet tall and 2,052 feet long, which in 2003 suffered a catastrophic collapse of 11 of its 20 towers when a tornado touched down by the viaduct. Today there is a new observation deck + visitor’s center with an exceptional view of the Kinzua valley below.
  • And much more!