Kjirsten GustavsonSunday, August 26, at 10:00 am

Staatsburg, N.Y.  —  On Sunday, August 26 at 10am, historian Kjirsten Gustavson will present “Women on a Wheel” at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, a program that combines history, costumed interpretation, and a short bike ride through the hamlet of Staatsburg, which surrounds the Gilded Age mansion on the Hudson River.

In the 19th Century, the bicycle took the world by storm, and in the process, transformed women’s lives.  Suddenly, they were more athletic, more mobile and…in need of bloomers!  Susan B. Anthony once said of the bicycle, "I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.  It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.”

Ms. Gustavson, a historian who also creates her own period clothing, gives her presentation in a reproduction 1890s bicycling outfit, while exploring the connection between the bicycle craze and increasing freedoms sought by women, including the vote.

After a short presentation, visitors will be invited to jump on their own modern-day bikes to join Ms. Gustavson on an easy 30-minute trip on the estate’s carriage roads and in the nearby hamlet. (The bike ride is optional, and people are welcome to attend the presentation without the ride.)  Refreshments will be served at the ride's end. Helmets are mandatory for children 14 and under. Inclement weather will postpone the program to Sunday, September 9. The program costs $5 per adult and $1 per child. Tours of the mansion at Staatsburgh will be available at 11:00 am, for a separate admission fee.

“This is a fabulous and fun program that combines history and physical activity, and is thus perfect for a family experience. It’s also set in a stunning location,” says Pam Malcolm, Staatsburgh’s site manager.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (845) 889-8851, extension 336. 

Staatsburgh State Historic Site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. The historic site is one of 6 sites and 15 parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information, call 845-889-8851, or visit Staatsburgh’s websites at https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/25/details.aspx and www.facebook.com/StaatsburghSHS. Staatsburgh’s events are listed at https://parks.ny.gov/events/event-results.aspx?hs=25

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