Bicycling, SOHS Exhibit

The bicycling community of Jackson County was the third community to participate in History: Made by You. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, SOHS hosted a community forum, facilitated by Alice Parman, expert museum consultant. Participants discussed transportation, safety, outside perception of bicyclists, the local bicycling scene (from races to bike shops), and the accessibility of bicycle trails and routes, among many other topics! As a result of these conversations, participants decided to focus the History: Made by You exhibition topic on the role that bicycles play in the Rogue Valley today, with an emphasis on transportation, freedom, and lifestyle.
 
SOHS partnered with the SOU Bike Program. SOHS staff and SOU students worked together to research, design, and fabricate the exhibit, combing the SOHS archives for photographs, objects, and documents. To gain a broader and more current perspective on the role that bicycling plays in people's lives today, the team decided to conduct community interviews, asking questions such as "How often do you bicycle?" and "What could be improved about bicycling locally?"
 
"Pedaling History: The Roll of Bicycles in Jackson County" explores how the bicycle has impacted the Rogue Valley, from the introduction of the high wheel ordinary in the 1880s to how people use their bicycles today. It opened at the SOU Stevenson Union on May 24, 2012 and remained there through June 17, 2012. "Pedaling History" was at the Rogue Valley Airport June 18, 2012 - July 14, 2012, the Jackson County Fairgrounds July 14, 2012 - July 23, 2012, KidTime Discovery Experience July 23, 2012 - August 27, 2012, and concluded at the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum August 27, 2012 - October 4, 2012.