STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit entitled “First Ladies of Motorcycling.” The exhibit occupies a room in the museum that has been reserved for exhibits honoring women in motorcycling.
The “First Ladies” exhibit is the first exhibit conceived of and designed by Executive Director Christine Paige Diers who was new to the museum in November. “I’m very excited about this exhibit as it pays tribute to some of the women who have broken barriers in the motorcycling world,” said Paige Diers. “It’s been fascinating for me to research and learn about these great women who were first in their field.
The “First Ladies” exhibit includes displays about the first women’s transcontinental solo ride in 1916, the first women’s motorcycle club, the first woman motocross contender, the first woman to race superbikes, the first mother/daughter land speed record holders, the first woman to sit on the Motorcycle Industry Council, the first female commercial bike builder, the first professional female motorcycle racer from South Dakota and of course – Pearl Hoel, the first lady of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Paige Diers said, “These are just a few of the many women who have made a difference in the sport and the industry – we don’t even pretend that these are the only important contributors or the only “firsts” out there. Our goal with this exhibit was to honor at least a few of the women who’ve made a difference and maybe made it easier for women today and in the future to be part of the sport of motorcycling.”
Funding for “First Ladies of Motorcycling” was provided by the Mary Chilton Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution through the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.