History of Bicycles in Iowa Program in Iowa City

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By Rachel Begle

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Bicycling started in Iowa as a pastime for wealthy men. That's a piece of history to be discussed in Iowa City on Wednesday when State Historical Museum Curator Leo Landis presents "Bicycling Through History: Iowa's Love Affair with Two-Wheeled Travel."

The program is scheduled for noon at the State Historical Society of Iowa, Centennial Building in Iowa City.

Landis will share stories of cycling including discussion of the first Iowa bicycles in the 1860s and a series of scrapbooks highlighting a man's stove and bicycle shop in Bonaparte in the late 1800s.

Landis' presentation follows the opening of the State Historical Museum's "Riding Through History" exhibition in Des Moines. The 3,000-square-foot display of artifacts, stories, photos and videos includes one of the first bicycles ridden in the state from 1869.

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