sca 40th anniversary conference tour

The Society for Commercial Archeology Celebrates America’s Roadside Heritage.

We’re quite a group: preservationists, urban planners, historians, teachers, collectors, librarians, artists and just all-around general enthusiasts. And we love getting out, finding and sharing the quirky signs, structures and experiences that defined the American commercial landscape before the era of Interstates and national chain brands.

We invite you to join us on our journeys, share your stories and photos, and of course, become a member of our society.

We Focus Attention on Efforts to Save North America’s Most Endangered Roadside Places.

All along the nation’s highways and byways there are reminders of the heyday of the American roadside. From filling stations, to tourist courts, to bridges, parks, and diners, these roadside icons are survivors from a time when the American road trip was truly a journey of adventure and discovery.

Through our website, Facebook page and email newsletter, The Society for Commercial Archeology is working to call attention to the potential loss of these national treasures, and help coordinate action to protect the most vulnerable properties.

If you are looking for information on how to save an important roadside building or structure, our guide, How to Save a Roadside Place, is a great place to start.

We Research and Share the Often Quite Poignant Stories Historic Signs and Structures Tell.

The Society for Commercial Archeology publishes the SCA Journal, SCA Road Notes, our printed newsletter, and the SCA Roadside Roundup, our e-newsletter. All publications are free to to members. Non-members can purchase back-issues of the journal through the SCA Store.

And We Travel, Document, Report and Have a Lot of Fun.

The SCA hosts a bi-annual conferences in city’s across the United States and supports member-organized road trips, tours and events all year round. Check out our upcoming events, past events, photos and news.