February 4, 2019 - General Meeting
“GOLDEN AGE OF BICYCLE RACING IN NEW JERSEY”
The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to announce their February 4th guest lecturer is Michael C. Gabriele. Mr. Gabriele is a lifelong New Jersey resident and a graduate of Montclair State University. He is the author of “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey,” which is his topic for the evening.
He will present a complete history of cycling in northern New Jersey, featuring the Nutley Velodrome, the site of the final chapter of the golden age of cycling in the United States. The Nutley Velodrome bicycle racing track opened on June 4, 1933. And for a brief few years, it enjoyed a heyday, drawing thousands of noisy fans and world-class competitors. It was a major spectator sport, like going to a baseball game on Sunday afternoon; you went to a bicycle race. New Jersey was the world center of cycling in the early 1900s.
The book seeks to shed light on a lost history of professional cycling, which had been a major spectator sport during the early decades of the 20th century. It is, quite literally, where and when the golden age came to an end. As such, it examines the culture and noteworthy figures of this period in northern New Jersey. It is a lost history, which is why the story needs to be told.
The lecture will begin at 7:30 P.M. at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, and will be followed by a light reception. Everyone is invited to attend this free presentation.
For more information about the Society and its activities, please call Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615 or visit the Society web site; www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com.