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Library of Congress to Mount 90-Minute Exhibition on Bicycle

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The Library of Congress (L.O.C.) will present an exhibition “on the history, technology and sociology of the bicycle” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014, the L.O.C. announced on Friday, July 18, 2014.

'Pedaling Through History: A Look at Cycling Collections Across the Library of Congress' will be on view from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8 in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The display is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

The bicycle was a pivotal invention in the history of technology. According to the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, which is organizing the display, the bicycle—used for transportation and recreation—influenced fashion, feminism, the military and even the history of flight. The Wright brothers were bicycle builders and bicycle mechanics before they expanded into aviation.

The display will draw from collections throughout the Library. There will be photographs, magazines, newspapers, comic books, maps and atlases, film footage, catalogs, sheet music, advertising posters and more. These materials will highlight an array of topics, including general bicycle history, European bicycles, bicycle races (including races from the early 1900s), bicycles in the military, trick riding, safety films and fashion.

The following divisions of the Library are contributing to the display: Science, Technology and Business; Prints and Photographs; Geography and Map; Manuscript; Rare Books and Special Collections; Serials and Government Publications; Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound; European; Music; and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Library of Congress maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world. The Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the Library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics, with the exception of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are the subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library...

The Art of the Bicycle, which opened at the Museum of Science & Industry (M.S.I.) in Chicago on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, gives museum visitors an overview of the history of bicycle engineering over nearly 200 years. In 2018, the world will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Karl Friedrich Christian Ludwig Freiherr Drais von Sauerbronn’s demonstration of what he called the Laufmaschine (Running-machine) in Paris, having invented it in 1817 to traverse his garden.

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