During May, which just happens to be National Bicycle Month, the Chester Historical Society is going to explore some of the history of bicycles and bicycling in Connecticut. After all, the pedal bicycle was invented in 1866 in Connecticut by a Frenchman, Pierre Lallement, who was then living in Ansonia.
Chester resident Stephen Holmes, a bicycling enthusiast and collector, will give a free Powerpoint program, “The Origins of Cycling in Connecticut,” at the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. He will also display some of the bicycles in his collection, including his 1889 G&J American Light Champion (shown here). This program is sure to fascinate people of all ages, including children, whether they are cyclists or not. Refreshments will be served following the program.
Then, on Memorial Day weekend, the Historical Society’s Chester Museum at The Mill will open for the season, with its exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” which has been expanded to include early bicycling in Chester.
For more information, see Facebook.com/ChesterCTHistoricalSociety.