Dawn of a Legacy

8419 St. Rt. 54
Hammondsport, NY 14840


Dawn of a Legacy commemorates the 120th anniversary of Glenn H. Curtiss establishing his manufacturing business, becoming a leading pioneer in motorcycles, engine design, and aeronautical endeavors. Curtiss created the first practical two-cylinder engine in America and the first to commercially offer it. The exhibit explores the earliest years of Curtiss’ business and engine designs. More than thirty motorcycles built between 1902-1912 will be on display alongside other artifacts from the period. This exhibit brings the largest number of Hammondsport-built motorcycles, ever in history, under one roof. Curtiss competitor motorcycles will be displayed including ones built by Indian and Harley Davidson. The exhibit includes loans from the Smithsonian Institution and other major museums.