Railroad Museum explores cycling

Ashland Historic Railroad Museum will celebrate the opening of its new location with a joint exhibit by the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at 258 A St., No. 11, Ashland.

The exhibit is called "Pedaling History: The Roll of Bicycles in Jackson County." It explores how the bicycle has affected the Rogue Valley from the introduction of the high wheel ordinary in the 1880s to how people ride today

As part of Ashland Historic Railroad Museum's Second Friday History Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Amy Drake, curator of special projects for SOHS and designer of the "Pedaling History" exhibit, will give a talk in the Ashland library's Gresham Room on the "History of Bicycling in Jackson County." She will explain how Oregon became so bicycle friendly and tell the story of joint efforts of Republican and Democratic state representatives who worked to create the Oregon Bicycle Bill — the first of its kind in the nation.

The events are free and refreshments will be provided. Donations are accepted. For more information about Ashland Historic Railroad Museum call 541-261-6605 or email Victoria Law at director@ashlandrrmuseum.org.

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