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Gabriel & Sarah A. Chrisman, “An Ordinary Bicycle: The Fascinating Way In Which The Wheelmen Changed Our World”

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Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:00pm
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1200 11th St
98225-7015 Bellingham
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When and why were roads first paved on a major scale?  What's the difference between an Ordinary and a safety?  What revolutionary change came to cycling in the 1890's, what significance did the bicycle have for women - and why did penny-farthings have such a big front wheel? Learn the answers to these questions, and many more. Join husband and wife Gabriel and Sarah Chrisman as they give a presentation about Victorian bicycles. They will travel to Bellingham from Port Townsend on their historic bikes, Gabriel on his 1887 Singer Challenge bicycle.

Sarah A. Chrisman (B.A., International Studies, B.A., French) is the author of Victorian Secrets: What A Corset Taught Me About the Past, the Present, and Myself. She approaches Victorian life as a cultural studies project: examining everyday intimacies of the late nineteenth-century, debunking myths, and exploring the ongoing relevance of the Victorians to our modern world. She has been interviewed by journalists in the US, U., New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Spain and Italy, and has appeared on The View with Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters. To read articles about her and see some of her interviews, please visit:

Gabriel Chrisman, (B.A. History, M.L.I.S.) is a trained archivist and research specialist. In 2008, he was the first student to win both the junior and senior categories of the UW Libraries Undergraduate Research Award at the same time. He has a lifetime of experience with bicycles, and is the full-time manager of a bicycle shop on Bainbridge Island. The late 19th-century is his particular focus and he has served as a consultant for maintenance of private collections as well as advising period-appropriate details for movies and books. To read more about his work and outreach projects, see:

photo credits: Estar Hyo-Gyung Choi 
This event is co-sponsored by The Bureau of Historical Investigation.
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ISBN: 9781626361751
Availability: Special Order
Published: Skyhorse - November 2013