Local historian and author of "Boston's Cycling Craze: 1880 to 1900," Lorenz Finison, will talk about cycling history in the Dedham area.
In the late 1800s, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and Dedham was in on it from the start. Massachusetts had the largest per capita membership in the league in the 1890s and the largest percentage of women members.
Lorenz J. Finison will speak on the remarkable rise of cycling in the greater Boston area through the lives of several participants, including Kittie Knox, a bi-racial twenty-year-old seamstress who challenged the color line to become a champion racer (photo below). Finison traces the area’s cycling history, chronicling the activities of environmental and social justice activists, and featuring topics of racing, touring, commuting, rails-to-trails, and how this history shapes our area today.
A Needham resident, Lorenz Finison is a social psychologist and historian, and cyclist. He is the author of two books, Boston’s Cycle Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Class, and Society (2014) and Boston's Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance: Cultural Change on Two Wheels (2019).
Join us for a special presentation by the author, and learn about opportunities for getting involved in biking in Dedham today!
Complimentary Wine, Beverages & Light Snacks!
Hosted by The Dedham Cycle Club
Blue Bunny Bookstore: http://www.bluebunnybooks.com/
Dedham Bike: https://www.dedhambike.com/
Parkway Cycling Club: http://parkwaycycleclub.org/