Recorded Wednesday, September 20th: Come along for a ride down the Columbia River Highway, America’s First Highway. This route was constructed from 1913 to 1922 east of Portland, Oregon, along the south shore of the Columbia River. In nearly 80 miles, it offered motorists magnificent views of a wonderful collection of waterfalls and many scenic vistas.
Recorded Wednesday, August 16, 2023: Wednesday, August 16 at 8:00pm EDT: Join journalist Mike Walker as he examines the mid-twentieth century American beachside hotel and motel architecture which brought forth a fusion of California Googie futurism, the exoticism of the South Pacific and other distant locales.
Recorded Wednesday, May 17, 2023: Join architect and preservationist Daniel Vieyra and photographer Mark Havens as they present the rich midcentury modern motel architecture of Wildwood, New Jersey from two distinct viewpoints.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023: Join author and photographer Susan Mara Bregman for an affectionate look at one of America’s quirkiest pastimes – candlepin bowling.
On May 31, 2023, the Society for Commercial Archeology welcomed registered members to a 3-day conference in Erie, Pennsylvania. Reception, tours, presentations, a cool downtown and good company. We can’t wait to see everybody again next year in Nashville!
Wednesday, March 15, 2023: Join Joel Baker, founder in 2012 of American Giants, as he discusses the history of the roadside giants known as “Muffler Men,” and his teams efforts to restore these American Giants. Watch Video
Join Brian Butko, author of 4 books on the Lincoln Highway, as takes us on tour of the fabled highway from New York to San Francisco, past mountaintop lookouts, through the gumbo of Iowa, and stopping at vintage cafes and cabin courts. We’ll learn where the road went in 1913, and why, and how that all
Join SCA board member, Bill Swislow, as we look at some of the country’s oddest roadside attractions, the ones so eccentric that calling them works of art is the only way to do them justice.