Indian Nation: The Indian Motorcycle and America


1934 Chief Bobber (2)


Hershey, PA (March 10, 2014)  The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum proudly announces its newest upcoming exhibit, Indian Nation: The Indian Motorcycle and America. This captivating exhibit comes to life with more than 22 Motorcycles on Friday, March 28th and continues to roar through October 24th, 2014.

The story of the Indian Motorcycle Company closely mirrors the history and attitudes of America.  Indian was founded by two driven young men: George Hendee, an American bicycle racer and builder, and Oscar Hedstrom, a Swedish immigrant and machinist.  The two first met in 1899, when Hendee took notice of a motorized bicycle that Hedstrom had modified.  They developed a plan to form a company and produce their own “moto-cycle.”   Indian was chosen as the company name, signifying an entirely American product and as a reminder of America’s pioneer tradition.  Their combined ambition and genius pioneered the path of motorcycling in America and around the world. The Indian experience is one of exploring unknown territory, of pushing established boundaries, and of reacting against self-generated and external crises. The Indian Motorcycle Company witnessed both capitalism’s glory and greed, and understood dizzying success and painful failures. Indian has emerged as a tenaciously enduring symbol of America which refuses to be forgotten. The Indian legacy remains synonymous with freedom, power, and visual appeal. It embodies an ever-changing idea of what America was and continues to be.

This educational and entertaining exhibit presents the Indian motorcycle as both an aesthetic object (work of art) and as material culture (possessing meaning and a story). Indian Nation will also interpret the saga of Indian motorcycles through Indian’s history and responses to the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and post-war American culture.

The stunning selection of rare and show-winning motorcycles on display will showcase early singles and twins, Scouts, Chiefs, and Fours.  Some of the exhibit’s highlights include Harrisburg-area racer Bob Markey’s original 1940 Scout, a 1903 Indian—possibly the earliest original example of the marque, and immaculately restored machines of all eras. Included within the exhibit will be period dealer items and popular culture references.

Please join the AACA Museum this year in enjoying a celebration of some of the most beautiful and meaningful cultural objects created by America, in one of the world’s premier motor museums.  This exhibit celebrates and commemorates Indian’s exciting re-entry into the marketplace this year.

Indian Nation Display List


About  the AACA Museum

The AACA Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco.   This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums.  Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles.  The Museum is located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Regular admission $10, seniors age 61 and older $9, juniors age 4-12 $7, children age 3 and under are FREE.  The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit Indian Nation Exhibit Page


About Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) is America’s first motorcycle company.  Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts.  Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship.   To learn more, please visit