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Bike Thru History cycling event slated to begin Oct. 11

JOHNSTOWN — A two-day family friendly Bike Thru History road cycling event will be starting at Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Ave., and will feature the landscape and history of Fulton County, the southern Adirondacks and the Mohawk Valley during the weekend of Oct. 11 to 13.

On Friday, Oct. 11, a social will be held at the Holiday Inn, 308 N. Comrie Ave. The social beginning at 5:30 p.m. includes appetizers and a representative from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association speaking about Stanton, whose hometown is Johnstown. Admission to the social is $15 per person, and preregistration is required for planning purposes.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Johnson Hall State Historic Site will host Kjirsten Gustavson at 1 p.m. Gustavson will present “Woman on a Wheel,” a program that will celebrate both the bicycle and the spirit of women’s independence. During the late 1890s, bicycles changed the popular notion of what American femininity could be.

Seating is limited. Although free of charge, donations to support the event will be appreciated. Due to the lecture, public tours of Johnson Hall will be given at 10 and 11 a.m., and 3 and 4 p.m. only on that day.

The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum, 237 Kingsboro Ave., will host the Bike Thru History dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Samantha Hall-Saladino, museum executive director and Fulton County historian, will present an overview of Fulton County’s history as the glove and leather capital of the world and how the Fulton County Historical Society created an international commemoration of this heritage in 2019.

The dinner will cost $30 per person, and preregistration is required.

Registration to cycle in the Bike Thru History event is still open. Event details can be found at www.44lakes.com/bike-thru-history. To register for programming or additional information, call the tourism department at (518) 725-0641 or email tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org.

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