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HLOM Guest Speaker Series: Karen Lankeshofer, “Elsa Von Blumen”

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$3 – $5
The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce the next edition of our Guest Speaker Series. On Thursday, April 18th at 7 pm we welcome Karen Lankeshofer, as she presents on Elsa Von Blumen. Admission is $5 or $3 for museum members. Please contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or hollandlandoffice@gmail.com if you would like to attend.
“Elsa von Blumen was a premier female athlete before it was even thought possible that women could be professional athletes! Growing up in Oswego, NY and Rochester, NY she first became a professional “race walker” in 1879 and was soon enticed to try high-wheel bicycle riding by bicycle manufacturer Albert Pope. She was a prominent figure on the bicycle-racing scene in the 1880s and competed throughout the Eastern United States ( including in Batavia) but is all but forgotten today. I hope that, with this lecture, Elsa will again be recognized for her pioneering efforts and her superb athleticism. She helped change the social expectations of what womanhood should be.”
Karen Lankeshofer is a long-time Henrietta, NY resident who has also lived and taught in Germany and Russia. She is an avid bike rider and advocates for safe cycling infrastructure. She enjoys studying history, especially if it pertains to Upstate New York. She discovered Elsa Von Blumen several years ago and has her researching her intensively. Her study is ongoing. Her presentation is a tribute to a pioneering female professional athlete, and she wants to share it with people in New York State because she believes Elsa’s story deserves to be better known.


April 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$3 – $5


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