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Women & Motorcycling
The Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition
A Century of Indian
The Art of the Wheel
Heroes of Harley-Davidson

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Museum Consulting & Curatorial Services

Ed Youngblood is a skilled historical researcher, writer, and exhibit planner who can serve as sole curator, or as a member of a curatorial team. His skills include the creation of exhibit concepts, text writing, historical research, interfacing with artists and exhibit designers, providing support for administrative and public relations personnel, and working to a deadline. Curatorial services can be provided under contract, or with compensation based on hourly service. His previous works include:


Women & Motorcycling


Youngblood was a driving force behind the creation of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation in 1982, and the opening of the Motorcycle Heritage Museum in 1990 (later to be expanded and renamed The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in 1999). One of the exhibits presented at the grand opening of the Motorcycle Heritage Museum was “Women & Motorcycling,” honoring American motorcycling’s great female pioneers, from 1907 to the present era. In 2000, Youngblood was invited to update the Women & Motorcycling Exhibit for a national conference on women and motorcycling that was to take place thatWomen's Exhibit year. For this task he invited motorcycle journalist Kim Barlag to serve as co-curator. Redesigned as a traveling exhibit, Women & Motorcycling has since appeared in more than 15 cities, including motorcycling’s largest annual gatherings at Daytona Beach and Sturgis.

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The Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition

Guggenheim OneFollowing the spectacular success of The Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition in New York and Chicago, Youngblood was hired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation as a curatorial adviser to support the exhibition’s international tour. Working with motorcycle collectors in Europe and the United States, he assisted with tGuggenheim Twohe acquisition of replacement motorcycles for the exhibit in Bilbao, Spain, and the development of the exhibition’s largest rendition at the Guggenheim Las Vegas, which opened in October, 2001. His responsibilities included the acquisition of motorcycles, consultation on the floor plan, and rewriting labels for the motorcycles on display.


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A Century of Indian

Indian OneAside from Harley-Davidson, America’s greatest motorcycle brand was Indian, founded in 1901. In celebration of the centennial of Indian, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum mounted “A Century of Indian, Presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance,” and selected Youngblood to curate the exhibit. The exhibit contained over 15,000 words of text, more than a dozen individual exhibits, over 50 rare motorcycles, and was illustrated with giant graphics from the Museum’s extensive collection of early Indian sales literature. The catalog for the exhibit, also written by Youngblood, won gold awards from the International Automotive Media Association and the Ohio Museum’s Association.

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The Art of the Wheel

In 2002, The Ohio State University retained Youngblood to curate a OSU Exhibitmotorcycle exhibit at the LeFevre Hall Art Gallery on its Newark, Ohio campus. Featuring the photography of Shawn Downey, the exhibit drew from the permanent collection and library of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. It featured a display of literature and more than a dozen motorcycles ranging from a 1914 British Triumph to a 1985 Harley-Davidson, depicting how motorcycle technology, design, and style have evolved over the past century.

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Heroes of Harley-Davidson

Heroes OneIn celebration of the centennial of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum has presented its most elaborate, ambitious, and costly exhibit yet, entitled Heroes of Harley-Davidson, Presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance. As exhibit curator, Youngblood worked with a talented graphic design team under the direction of Museum Director Mark Mederski. Featuring over 50 motorcycles and several hundred artifacts, the exhibit honors more than a hundred men and women who contributed to the Motor Company’s success and longevity. Photos and brief profiles of each individual are included, supported by extensive on-line documentation through the Heroes TwoMuseum’s web site. The exhibit also includes a fine art component, featuring the work of five sculptors and graphic artists. Youngblood also edited the official catalog for the exhibit, also entitled “Heroes of Harley-Davidson.”

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Non-Profit Management Consulting During Ed Youngblood’s tenure as president of the American Motorcyclist Association, the organization doubled its membership, increased its revenue five-fold, earned leadership status in the international motorcycling community, created a public educational foundation, and acquired a 23-acre property for its headquarters and new museum. These gains came as the result of a strategic planning process he developed and put in place for the Association. He believes strongly that strategic planning for not-for-profit organizations should differ in significant ways from the techniques usually applied to for-profit entities. Based on this experience, Ed Youngblood provides consulting and training services in governance, management, revenue development, communication, strategic planning, and plan/budget development. Consulting services can be provided under contract, or with compensation based on hourly service.

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Public Speaking

Drawing on his more than 45 years of personal and professional experience in motorcycling, Ed Youngblood is available to speak to clubs and motorcycle organizations on a wide variety of topics involving motorcycle history, the social and technological evolution of the motorcycle, racing, leadership, and organizational development. Speaking engagements can include book signings. Inquiries should be made at least 60 days in advance of the meeting in question. Contact us for a presentation specifically designed for your needs, and an appearance planned to fit your budget.


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