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Honor Pierre Lallement at the New Haven Museum

Cycle New Haven

New Haven, CT, September 19, 2012—On Thursday, October 25, Pierre Lallement’s birthday, the New Haven Museum will offer a gallery tour and illustrated lecture in celebration of its new exhibition, Cycle New Haven. At 6:00 pm, Jason Bischoff-Wurstle, the Museum’s Director of Photographic Archives, will lead visitors on a brief guided tour of Cycle New Haven. At 6:30 pm, author and historian David V. Herlihy will discuss Lallement’s work as a young man in Paris, how he came to Connecticut in 1865 to promote his invention, the significance of his patent filed the following year in New Haven, and his latter years, culminating in his death in Boston in 1891 at the cusp of the great bicycle boom. The tour and lecture are free and open to the public.

Cycle New Haven celebrates bicycles and New Haven innovation. The exhibition features material from the New Haven Museum’s archives and collections, along with contributions from the local community. The Museum worked in conjunction with The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop and Elm City Cycling to highlight the industrial developments surrounding the manufacturing of bicycles in New Haven, racing at the turn of the 20th century, and the social involvement of our community throughout the last 100 years.

David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History and The Lost Cyclist, the story of Frank Lenz’s ill-fated bicycle trip around the world in the 1890s, a Publishers Weekly 100 Best Books of 2010. His seminal work has greatly clarified the true origins of the bicycle. He is responsible for the naming of a bicycle path in Boston after Pierre Lallement, the original bicycle patentee, and for the installation of a plaque by the New Haven Green where the Frenchman introduced Americans to the art of cycling in 1866. A leading authority in his field, Herlihy has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and newspaper personalities in the U.S. and abroad, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of general interest and specialty magazines.

Jason Bischoff-Wurstle is the Museum’s Director of Photographic Archives. A resident of New Haven, Jason is responsible for the management of the Museum’s collection of photographic materials, dating from the 1850s to today. Jason has organized and installed ten gallery exhibits at the New Haven Museum, and Pardee-Morris House from 2009-2012.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

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