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Influential Women Riders Wanted for Exhibit

Thursday, April 25, 2013
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The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame will have a new exhibit this year called 'Through the Years' and is accepting nominations of influential women riders beyond the well-known players who have already been featured in the past.
Heading into its fifth year  the Harley-Davidson MDA Womens Ride is going stronger than ever.
Do you know of a woman motorcyclist who’s been a huge influence on you? While pioneering women like Effie Hotchkiss, movers-and-shakers like Karen Davidson, author and motivator Christine Sommer-Simmons and the inspirational Motor Maid Gloria Struck have received their due, there are countless other influential women riders out there who have helped shed the stigmas of woman on motorcycles for future generations. That’s what the latest exhibit from the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame called “Through the Years” is all about. The Museum is seeking to give women motorcyclists who might not be as well-known as others, yet have still made important contributions to motorcycling, their due respect.

The exhibit will be on display during the 2013 Sturgis Rally out at the Legendary Buffalo Chip’s new free-access area called The Crossroads. Woody and the Buffalo Chip crew have made some major improvements to this part of The Chip, including paving many of the access roads, making it even more enjoyable to come hang and check out things like the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s latest exhibit.

Our buddy Joe Distefano of Pro Riders Marketing sent over some great information about the exhibit, including info on how to get someone nominated. Thanks Joe!

This year's exhibit, called "Through the Years" will highlight some great motorcycling women from the early 1900s through today and you can be a part of making it happen.

Two women from each decade will be chosen to be highlighted. The criteria for this exhibit is that the women who are chosen will not have been highlighted in the previous three exhibits at the museum.

"We'll have to look beyond the women who are the most well-known in the industry for this exhibit," said Christine Paige Diers, Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. "Every woman who has been inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is already highlighted in our current 'Paving the Way: the Women of the Hall of Fame.' In addition, we won't include any of the women we highlighted in our recent 'First Ladies' or 'Motor Maids' exhibits. That means we'll be looking at highlighting women who may not have had quite as much publicity in the past."

As part of building this exhibit, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is soliciting help from anyone who wants to participate. If you know of a woman who deserves the recognition that this exhibit will provide, you can email a form to the museum, and the forms will be added to the exhibit.

"We really want this exhibit to be inclusive and to truly honor women who have made a difference in motorcycling," said Paige Diers. "We don't pretend to know everyone who is deserving of inclusion, so we want others to help us out."

The form, available at www.sturgismuseum.com/assets/file-manager/Through-the-Years-Form.doc will have a space for a photo and a brief paragraph about the woman. Once received, those forms will be added to the exhibit and placed on the walls along with the rest of the highlighted women.

For additional information on the Through the Years exhibit and how you can be a part of it, contact Christine Paige Diers at 605-347-2001 or email Christine@sturgismuseum.com
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kz1000st April 26, 2013 06:05 AM
Dot Robinson for heaven's sake, http://realwomenandmotorcycles.com/2012/01/first-lady-of-motorcycling-dot-robinson/
McJitsu April 25, 2013 04:43 PM
And let's not forget The previous year had seen Effie Hotchkiss and her mother Avis travelling 9,000 miles on a Harley-Davidson V-twin with sidecar from New York on 3 May 1915 to San Francisco in mid-August, and back. ^ Making Her Mark: Firsts and Milestones in Women's Sports. Ernestine G. Miller. McGraw-Hill Professional, 29 May 2002
McJitsu April 25, 2013 04:36 PM
How about the Van Buren Sisters, 24 and 22 years old, who crossed America in 1916 - alone! No chase car. On Indian motorcycles, they Kickstarted Power Plus 61" (1,000 cc) bikes. Never had a flat. There were no roads in Colorado, they both drove their bikes up Pikes Peak alone, and were arrested a few times for wearing mens clothing. They wanted to practice to be couriers in World War I. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Buren_sisters