ANAMOSA, Iowa – Visitors to the National Motorcycle Museum love to ogle the more than 400 bikes on display there. Now thanks to a grant from the Jones County Endowment Fund, they’ll know more about what they’re looking at.
"When you visit any museum, you go there to see objects and learn about the ones that grab your attention," said museum president and founder of J&P Cycles' John Parham, adding it's an expensive, daunting task to label each motorcycle.
"We want to help visitors learn, but when you factor the research, design and printing of each label, making a mount to set the label at a comfortable reading height, times 400 motorcycles, you are well into a five figures expense,” Parham said. “This Jones County Endowment Fund grant will be a big help in bringing information on more motorcycles to our visitors."
"We are proud to support the National Motorcycle Museum," said Cali Beals, chair of the Jones County Endowment Fund. "The Museum is a primary attraction for visitors from outside our county and is critical to tourism business in Jones County. We are very pleased to provide funding that will enhance the experience for those who visit the Museum."
Work is under way now on a new temporary exhibition entitled Dirt Track Heroes, which will tell the stories of the century-old form of motorcycle racing. Production of labels and mounts for motorcycles in the temporary exhibit and those in the permanent collection will be supported by the grant.
For more about the museum, see www.nationalmcmuseum.org.
Posted by Holly Wagner. Dealernews photos.