The Wisconsin Historical Museum is opening their Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling exhibit this Friday, February 27th, which runs through October 10th before moving to the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton on November 4th.
“Travel through 130 years of cycling history at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, in the new exhibition Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling. On display Febuary 27th through October 10th, the exhibit showcases the crucial role that Wisconsin has played in two national bicycling eras. Shifting Gears features historic bicycles and interactive experiences!”
Dates: February 27 – October 10, 2015
Times: Tuesday — Saturday, 9am — 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission is by donation. Suggested: Adults $4, Children $3, Family $10
Side Note – The time, energy, and resources committed to displaying this exhibit should be more than enough proof to the Milwaukee Public Museum that maybe they should share their wonderful collection of historical bicycles with the public. This neglected collection has been collecting dust in their basement for decades, which includes “some of this country’s oldest and rarest bicycles, is among the finest to be found, second only to that of the Smithsonian Institution in our nation’s capital.” – Michael Horne, “The Greatest Exhibit You’ve Never Seen” (Milwaukee Magazine, July 2011)
More details on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website –
“Would you like to be a Green Bay Packer and make the famous bicycle ride to training camp practice through legions of fans? Or pedal the historic 32-mile Elroy-Sparta Trail in under ten minutes? Wondering what in the world a velocipede made in 1869 looks like? Now is your opportunity with a new exhibition opening at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on February 27, 2015.
Travel through 130 years of Wisconsin cycling history in “Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling”. Showcasing the crucial role that Wisconsin has played in two national bicycling eras, “Shifting Gears” features historic bicycles and artifacts, intriguing images, and virtual interactive experiences. Discover how the long, colorful, and sometimes contentious story of the growth and development of cycling in Wisconsin in the late 1800s is once again playing out today.
Wisconsin has long been a leader in cycling for transportation and recreation, advocacy, manufacturing, and tourism. As early as the 1890s Wisconsin had bike paths, was a tourist destination for cyclists, and boasted a national bike racing champion. Today biking is again a top Wisconsin recreation, commuter and industry innovator. The state’s rich history of cycling can better inform us about the bicycle’s shifting place in our cities and on our roads.
This unique exhibition pulls together a wide range of historic and contemporary bicycles and gear from familiar names such as Trek and Harley-Davidson to intriguing rarities like the Monowheel – a machine in which the rider pedals from inside a massive wooden wheel! You won’t see a rich and diverse collection of fascinating Wisconsin bicycles and stories anywhere else, and Wisconsinites will have two opportunities to see the show in 2015.
“Shifting Gears” is co-created by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin. The exhibit opens at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on February 27th, 2015 and runs through October 10th, 2015. It will open at the History Museum at the Castle in November 2015. Have questions? Call 608-264-6566 for more information.”