#BikeMonth and Object Project

For Bike Month, we shared bicycling history that will be in our upcoming exhibition, "Object Project." There's also a sneak peek of a fun activity called "Book of the Wheel."

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  1. For Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, we highlighted photos, sheet music, and other primary source materials that visitors will be able to interact with in "Book of the Wheel."
  2. Many of these objects are in the museum's Teaching Collection, which means that they can be viewed up close--and some, like the bicycle lamp, can even be handled!
  3. Women used bicycles to explore newfound freedom, traveling farther from home and traveling alone or with friends.
  4. Don't forget your helmet! Tomorrow is #BikeToWorkDay. For some women, the bicycle signaled a growing sense of liberation. According to one observer in 1896, the bicycle was for women "a steed upon which they rode into a new world." The three women in this cabinet card, a popular means of portraiture in the late 1800s, seem pretty happy with their bikes. The card is in the museum's Teaching Collection and will be part of #ObjectProject, opening July 1. 
Click the link in our profile for a sneak peek at more #biking history. #BikeToWork #womenshistory #🚴🏽🙋🇺🇸
    Don't forget your helmet! Tomorrow is #BikeToWorkDay. For some women, the bicycle signaled a growing sense of liberation. According to one observer in 1896, the bicycle was for women "a steed upon which they rode into a new world." The three women in this cabinet card, a popular means of portraiture in the late 1800s, seem pretty happy with their bikes. The card is in the museum's Teaching Collection and will be part of #ObjectProject, opening July 1. Click the link in our profile for a sneak peek at more #biking history. #BikeToWork #womenshistory #🚴🏽🙋🇺🇸
  5. Cyclists also found camaraderie in bicycling, forming local and national clubs. The League of American Wheelmen focused on community as well as advocacy.
  6. Object Project will show a variety of the memorabilia, keepsakes, and accessories that grew out of biking culture.
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