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Hello Fellow Roadside (Architecture, Mid-Century, Ephemera, Etc.) Fans!

For a limited time, we are offering Docomomo members a sampling of our monthly members-only Zoom presentations. We think you will find these 3 of particular interest. We host presentations like this monthly. We also offer a lot of other great member benefits. If you enjoy what you see, please consider joining!

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Stephanie Stuckey: Roadside Revival
July 14, 2021

On July 14, 2021, Stephanie Stuckey, 3rd generation CEO of Stuckey’s, shared her journey to bring back the iconic roadside retail chain founded by her grandfather. This presentation included never-before-published images of early stores and a lively discussion of the evolution of the stores’ history, architecture and place in American culture.

This recording includes an introduction to the SCA by its president, Michael Hirsch, and a brief introduction to Docomomo and Docomomo Georgia by historic preservationist Stephanie Cherry-Farmer.

Ralph Wilcox – The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Enjoy this presentation by Ralph Wilcox, National Register & Survey Coordinator at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, on The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas. Over the past few years, Wilcox and his staff have undertaken a project to document the remaining properties in Arkansas that were listed in the Green Book. From hotels, tourist homes, and motor courts to cafés and stores, come celebrate Black History Month and learn about the Green Book and the properties that remain in Arkansas from this important publication.

Rick Kilby: From Mesmerizing Mermaids to Water-skiing Elephants: Roadside Attractions at Florida Springs
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

In the twentieth century, tourists poured into the Sunshine State looking for sun and fun, and a competitive environment of roadside entertainment evolved to try to separate these visitors from their wallets. In the previous century, many of the state’s smaller springs were marketed as having miraculous healing powers. But in the age of the automobile, entrepreneurs took advantage of the crystal clear waters of larger springs, and embellished their natural beauty with boat rides, animal acts, and every type of side attraction imaginable. In the pre-Disney era, places like Rainbow, Silver, and Weeki Wachee Springs were primary destinations, and they all developed as unique roadside attractions.