Year of the Motorcycle

The Year of the Motorcycle | Now Open!

While early motorcycles shared available engineering and technology with automobiles and even aircraft, the two-wheeled conveyance carved out its own unique identity and cultural niche in the American transportation lexicon. A Century of the American Motorcycle travelling exhibit from The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a comprehensive look into the technical and esthetic development of American motorcycles in particular, from the 1905 Indian Single, to the 1907 Merkel Light, on through the Twentieth Century, right up to the 2018 Motus MST.

A Century of the American Motorcycle sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors

Lynn and Robert Vail


Immediately following the Barber exhibit, an equally noteworthy display will be installed, entitled Open Road: the Lure of Motorcycling in Ohio. As the Barber motorcycles are all American-built, Open Road will showcase significant foreign and domestic motorcycles with special emphasis on the region’s collectors who had the passion and foresight to preserve and maintain them. It will give the Crawford the opportunity to tell this story in greater depth, and will provide even more of an impetus for attendance and support.

These two interdependent exhibits will grant our guests the unique experience of encountering first- hand the remarkable evolution of the motorcycle internationally, as well as offering a glimpse into the extraordinary machines held in local private collections. Although a major motorcycle exhibit is certainly not a novel idea, it is certainly one who’s time has come for the Crawford, for our community, and our region. The Museum welcomes the challenge and the opportunity to bring this concept to life.

For information on how to get involved, please email John Lutsch,


Read past issues of the Crawford Newsletter HERE.



Planning Your Visit to the Cleveland History Center

The Cleveland History Center, in University Circle, is open Thursday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday-Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets are available at and at the door. WRHS monitors daily guidance from the City of Cleveland, State of Ohio, and CDC. Please note that Visitor Guidelines, public hours, and museum operations are subject to change. Updates are available at and @clestartshere.

Founded in 1867 as an historic branch of the Cleveland Library Association on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) shares the dynamic stories of Northeast Ohio and beyond – stories of the people, the artifacts and the archives that are the provenance for our region.

Operating six sites throughout Northeast Ohio, WRHS presents exhibitions, programs and experiences that tell the story of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio through art, documents and artifacts from a variety of collections at its headquarters, the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. Through the use of its vast collections of family history, community history, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation, the Cleveland History Center provides a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society. It is a base for learning about innovation that can be transferred into modern economic expansion.

WRHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate (, a national outreach program that develops collaborative partnerships with cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. WRHS is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Sponsorships, bequests, grants, admissions, and other funding are used by WRHS to preserve and enrich the region’s artistic and cultural heritage. WRHS has earned a top four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s most-used independent evaluator of charities and nonprofits. Visit us at 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106, at or on social media @clestartshere.