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Women's Exhibit Opens at Sturgis Museum

Honors firsts in their field

7/25/2008


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"First Ladies of Motorcycling" is the name of a new exhibit at the The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. It occupies a room in the museum that has been reserved for exhibits honoring women in motorcycling.
Speaking of firsts, this exhibit is not the first women-focused display put on by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. There have been several in the past including one on the Motor Maids.
Speaking of firsts, this exhibit is not the first women-focused display put on by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. There have been several in the past including one on the Motor Maids.

The "First Ladies" exhibit includes displays about the first women's transcontinental solo ride in 1916, the first women's motorcycle club, the first woman motocross contender, the first woman to race superbikes, the first mother/daughter land speed record holders, the first woman to sit on the Motorcycle Industry Council, the first female commercial bike builder, the first professional female motorcycle racer from South Dakota and, of course, Pearl Hoel, the first lady of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

This exhibit houses the racing leathers worn by Laura Klock, the first woman to set a record riding the fastest bagger at Bonneville.
This exhibit houses the racing leathers worn by Laura Klock, the first woman to set a record riding the fastest bagger at Bonneville.

This exhibit is the first one conceived of and designed by executive director Christine Paige Diers who was new to the museum in November. "I'm very excited about this exhibit as it pays tribute to some of the women who have broken barriers in the motorcycling world," said Paige Diers. "It's been fascinating for me to research and learn about these great women who were first in their field."

Paige Diers realizes there are many more women to include in the exhibit. "These are just a few of the women who have made a difference in the sport and the industry. We don't even pretend that these are the only important contributors or the only 'firsts' out there. Our goal was to honor at least a few of the women who've made a difference and perhaps make it easier for women today and in the future to be part of the sport of motorcycling."

A shot of part of the women's exhibit that takes up a special dedicated room at the museum.
A shot of part of the women's exhibit that takes up a special dedicated room at the museum.

Funding for "First Ladies of Motorcycling" was provided by the Mary Chilton Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution through the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The museum is located at 999 Main Street in Sturgis, South Dakota. For more information, visit SturgisMuseum.com, or call 605.347.2001.


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