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History Detectives Uncovers Origin of Old Harley Davidson Bearing the "Cross of Lorraine"

Earlier this week, PBS' History Detectives ran an episode on old 1914 Harley-Davidson motorcycle bearing the "Cross of Lorraine," a historic symbol of French nationalism.

According to Mary Koshollek, Director of Information and Records Services at Godfrey & Kahn, who told me about the broadcast, the owner thought it may have been involved in WWI, but it turned out to be one of the bikes that health officials used to travel around Wisconsin to teach about tuberculosis.

Apparently, the History Detectives conducted their investigation at the Wisconsin State Historical Society and the Harley-Davidson archives. Fascinating.

Looks like the episode will be shown again on:

  • Friday, August 25, 12:00 AM, WPT - Channel 28 (Madison)
  • Saturday, August 26, 3:00 PM, MPTV - Channel 10 (Milwaukee)

For other listings, including PBS digital channels, see the PBS guide. A transcript is also available.