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ZOOM RECORDING: Patrick Quinn – California’s Forgotten Bars and Restaurants

ZOOM EVENT: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 8:00pm EST - Join us for a fun and fabulous tour of cocktail culture in the Golden State. Whether you’re the type to visit roadside diners, chic hotels, hidden dives, fancy restaurants, tiki bars, or, ahem, the neighborhood exotic dancer’s nightclub, napkin collector
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ZOOM RECORDING: Marisa Scheinfeld – Greetings from The Borscht Belt

ZOOM RECORDING: Join Marisa Scheinfeld, author of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland for an illustrated lecture with photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. Recorded November 29, 2023.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Cara Rodway – America Hobnobs at the Tourist Camp: Social Change and the Roadside in the Interwar Years

Join Cara Rodway, Head of Research Development at the British Library as she delves into the motivations driving this rapid expansion and its implications for consumer behavior. We will explore why motels thrived during this era, shedding light on business strategies and shifts in consumer preferences. Recorded October 22, 2023.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Robert W. Hadlow, Ph.D. – Drive to Oregon Down the Famed Columbia River Highway

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
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Mike Walker - Imagined Exotica and Atom Futures

ZOOM RECORDING: Mike Walker – Imagined Exotica and Atom Futures

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.
“There’s no way like the American Way” billboard - Photo credit: Margaret Bourke-White

ZOOM RECORDING: Andrea Vesentini – The Black Experience on America’s Roads in the 20th Century

Recorded Wednesday, July 23, 2023: Join Andrea Vesentini, cultural historian residing in Venice, Italy as he discusses whether inclusion can really be provided by vehicles designed to privatize each driver's movement across urban space? Was Jim Crow really subverted by private transportation, or was it exacerbated by a mode of
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ZOOM RECORDING: Thomas Zeller – Consuming Landscapes: What We See When We Drive and Why It Matters

Recorded Wednesday, June 21, 2023: Join Thomas Zeller as he presents a talk based on his book, “Consuming Landscapes: What We See When We Drive and Why It Matters.” Zeller explains how what we see while driving reflects our view of societies and ourselves.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Daniel Vieyra and Mark Havens – Wildwood: Looking Back to America’s Promised Future

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.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Susan Bregman – Straight Outta Worcester: The Story of Candlepin Bowling

Wednesday, April 12, 2023: Join author and photographer Susan Mara Bregman for an affectionate look at one of America’s quirkiest pastimes – candlepin bowling.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Joel Baker – The Fall and Rise of the American Giant

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
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Brian Butko – Greetings from the Lincoln Highway

ZOOM RECORDING: Brian Butko – Greetings from the Lincoln Highway

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,
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Bill Swislow – Roadside Art Environments

ZOOM RECORDING: Bill Swislow – Roadside Art Environments

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.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings of Armet Davis Newlove

ZOOM RECORDING: Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings of Armet Davis Newlove

Members are invited to login and join architect and historian Alan Hess as he shares discoveries from his newest book (with Michael Murphy), Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings of Armet Davis Newlove.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Havana’s Mid-Century Remains

ZOOM RECORDING: Havana’s Mid-Century Remains

Explore the mid-century time capsule that is Havana through the eyes of photographer Josh Silber via this SCA Event recording. During its heyday, Havana was a resort city rivaling Miami Beach or Las Vegas and an important commercial hub for the Americas.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> One-of-a-Kind: How John Margolies Preserved a Fading America

ZOOM RECORDING: One-of-a-Kind: How John Margolies Preserved a Fading America

Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00pm EDT. Photographer and cultural historian John Margolies called himself an “architectural undertaker,” traversing the country to make pristine photographic record of our gas stations, motels, diners, movie houses and more. Join two of Margolie’s journalist friends, Ellen Warren and Margaret Engel, as they share some
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Mark Lamster: Back to the Future

ZOOM RECORDING: Mark Lamster: Back to the Future

On Tuesday, September 13 Preservation Houston and author, architecture critic and professor Mark Lamster for an online program exploring the story of the House of the Century and how this unique building might be saved. A Q&A with Lamster followed the presentation.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Collecting the Roadside: Personal Collections and Archives

ZOOM RECORDING: Collecting the Roadside: Personal Collections and Archives

SCA Secretary, Irene L., and Curator of the Alexander Architectural Archives, Beth D., discuss personal collections focused on documenting the American roadside. This presentation discusses proper care, the process of donating or selling collections, and what you can do to facilitate the process.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Gregory Smith – Fellow Travelers: The SCA and Texas Roadside Architecture

ZOOM RECORDING: Gregory Smith – Fellow Travelers: The SCA and Texas Roadside Architecture

Join Gregory Smith, the National Register Coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission, as he talks about the SCA in Texas in general, and Houston in particular. He will also touch upon his National Register work at the Texas Historical Commission.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Erika Nelson – Biggest Smallest Biggest

Join Erika Nelson on June 15, 2022 @ 8:00PM Eastern as she takes us on a journey of the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things. See related story from NPR.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Larry Cultrera: From Lunch Carts to Mega-Restaurants: The Evolution of the American Diner

ZOOM RECORDING: Larry Cultrera: From Lunch Carts to Mega-Restaurants: The Evolution of the American Diner

An SCA Zoom Event: Join archivist, photographer and writer Larry Cultrera on June 1, 2022 @ 7:00PM Eastern as he tells the illustrated story of the evolution of the American diner.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Frank Brusca: On the Road Again - Reconstructing Jack Kerouac’s Travels

ZOOM RECORDING: Frank Brusca: On the Road Again – Reconstructing Jack Kerouac’s Travels

Historian Frank Brusca has researched Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and has assembled very detailed accountings of when and where the Beat writer journeyed. Join Frank as he provides a snippet of the project’s output, showing visually and graphically the places and people from the original book.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Jamee Fiore: Fillin’ Up Your Tank – Roadside Architecture in Kansas

ZOOM RECORDING: Jamee Fiore: Fillin’ Up Your Tank – Roadside Architecture in Kansas

Join Jamee Fiore, architectural historian with the Kansas Historical Society, as she discusses the history of Roadside Architecture (with a focus on Kansas), Route 66, and the impact these famous places have left. Think drive-in diners, gas stations, motels, attractions, and more!
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ZOOM RECORDING: Brian Butko: Klondike Bars, Roadside Giants, and Other SCA Fun

SCA members are invited to join Brian Butko, author of Klondike Bars, Roadside Giants, and Other SCA Fun, for a look back at stories and photos from his long association with the SCA.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Weirdness by the Road: Ordinary Places, Oddball Names with Bill Swislow

NO LOGIN REQUIRED. Join SCA board member Bill Swislow for Weirdness by the Road: Ordinary Places, Oddball Names. Weirdness for sure, with the photos to prove it!
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Apron Art with Brian Gallaugher

ZOOM RECORDING: Apron Art with Brian Gallaugher

Members, log in and enjoy this recording of Brian Gallaugher’s fascinating and beautiful presentation on the technical, social and artistic aspects storefront entranceway apron art.
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ZOOM RECORDING: America’s Longest Highway: U.S. Route 20 with Bryan Farr

Join author Bryan Farr, founder of Historic Route 20, as he details the history of America’s Longest Highway, US Route 20.
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ZOOM RECORDING: Andrew F. Wood: The Rhetoric of Ruins

September 8 @ 8:00pm EDT. Join San José State University professor Andrew F. Wood for a survey of temporary, obsolete, abandoned, and derelict spaces, the topic of his next book.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Jessica Anshutz: Documenting the Decline of Malls

ZOOM RECORDING: Jessica Anshutz: Documenting the Decline of Malls

August 25, 2021 @ 8:00PM EDT: Register now to join writer, documentary photographer and Akron, Ohio native Jessica Anshutz for a photographic journey into the emptying (and empty) malls of America’s Rust Belt.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Stephanie Stuckey: Roadside Revival

ZOOM RECORDING: Stephanie Stuckey: Roadside Revival

July 14, 2021 @ 8:00 pm EDT: Register now to join Stephanie Stuckey, 3rd generation CEO of Stuckey’s, as she shares her journey to bring back the iconic roadside retail chain founded by her grandfather, including never-before-published images of early stores and discussion of the evolution of the stores’ design
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Seeing Through Walls: Ghost Signs as a Window Into History

ZOOM RECORDING: Seeing Through Walls: Ghost Signs as a Window Into History

Join SCA board member Ron Ladouceur, an advertising agency veteran and professor of marketing at the University at Albany, as he shares his 5-year journey to find and document surviving ghost signs across the New York, New England, and Pennsylvania.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Jeremy Ebersole: A Sight to Dwell Upon and Never Forget: Illuminating Strategies for Saving Neon Signs

ZOOM RECORDING: Jeremy Ebersole: A Sight to Dwell Upon and Never Forget: Illuminating Strategies for Saving Neon Signs

Join SCA board member and Milwaukee Preservation Alliance Executive Director Jeremy Ebersole as he dives into his Master’s thesis on neon sign preservation.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Rolando Pujol: Where's the Beef? Savoring Relics of America's Fast-Food Chains

ZOOM RECORDING: Rolando Pujol: Where’s the Beef? Savoring Relics of America’s Fast-Food Chains

April 28, 2021: Join retrologist.com’s Rolando Pujol as he shares his lifelong love of big buckets, big arches, big hats, a little red-haired girl in pigtails and other relics of America’s fast-food roadside.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Matt Dellinger: “Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway”

ZOOM RECORDING: Matt Dellinger: “Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway”

On Wednesday, MARCH 10, 2021, writer, photographer, and archivist Matt Dellinger presented photographs and stories from his travels researching his book “Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway.”
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Ralph Wilcox: The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas <br /><span style="font-size: 72%; color: red">NO LOGIN REQUIRED</span>

ZOOM RECORDING: Ralph Wilcox: The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas
NO LOGIN REQUIRED

In this member exclusive Zoom event recored on February 10, 2021, Ralph Wilcox, National Register & Survey Coordinator at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, presented a program on The Negro Motorist Green Book in Arkansas.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Aaron Marcavitch: “US Route 1: America's Main Street – Atlantic Highway.”

ZOOM RECORDING: Aaron Marcavitch: “US Route 1: America’s Main Street – Atlantic Highway.”

In this Zoom presentation recorded on January 3, 2021 at 8:00pm EST, Aaron Marcavitch, executive director of Connecticut Landmarks and formerly of Maryland Milestones, presented photographs and stories he found in researching his book, US Route 1: Baltimore to Washington, DC.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Rick Kilby: From Mesmerizing Mermaids to Water-skiing Elephants

ZOOM RECORDING: Rick Kilby: From Mesmerizing Mermaids to Water-skiing Elephants

In this ZOOM presentation recorded November 11, 2020, Rick Kilby discussed Florida’s pre-Disney era, where places like Rainbow, Silver, and Weeki Wachee Springs evolved to try to separate these visitors from their wallets.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Len Davidson: The Neon Museum of Philadelphia

ZOOM RECORDING: Len Davidson: The Neon Museum of Philadelphia

In this ZOOM presentation recorded September 9, 2020, Len Davidson, the author of Vintage Neon, took 60 fellow SCA members on a virtual tour of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia. Members are invited to log in and enjoy the show.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> A Conversation Marge Jantz

ZOOM RECORDING: A Conversation Marge Jantz

On August 19, 2020, SCA member Marge Jantz, chairwoman of the historic preservation commission in Casa Grande, AZ., joined us for a conversation and slide show about the award-winning Neon Sign Park in Casa Grande, AZ.
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Tim O'Brien's Roadside Pics & Picks

ZOOM RECORDING: Tim O’Brien’s Roadside Pics & Picks

Did you miss the show? Want to see it again? Join SCA president Michael Hirsch and author Tim O’Brien for as he presents highlights from his latest book, “Tim O’Brien’s Roadside Pics & Picks.”
<span style="color: red">ZOOM RECORDING:</span> Mike’s Upper East Side ZOOM Tour

ZOOM RECORDING: Mike’s Upper East Side ZOOM Tour

Did you miss the tour? Want to see it again? Join SCA president Michael Hirsch and New York Neon author Thomas E. Rinaldi for a ZOOM TOUR of vintage signs across New York City’s Upper East Side.