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Mill Talk: WHEEL HERO: Charles H. Metz- inventor of Bicycles, Cars and Motorcycles

Mill Talk: WHEEL HERO: Charles H. Metz- inventor of Bicycles, Cars and Motorcycles

Presented by Bob McGann, in conjunction with The Waltham Museum


This is the story of Waltham's Charles Herman Metz (1863-1937), a bicycle racer who became an inventor and entrepreneur.

Metz was a visionary who could see that the future of America was on the roads and byways. Originally famous for the Oriten, a sensation-causing 10 person bicycle that toured the country, he went on to build motorcycles and finally a line of Metz automobiles. 

He literally got the city moving.

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This MILL TALK is presented to coincide with the Waltham Museum's annual "Metz Meet" - a gathering of Metz automobile owners at the Museum on Saturday, July 13th to show off their cars. The Waltham Museum is located at 25 Lexington St. in Waltham

BOB McGANN is a lifelong Waltham resident. His family has a long history of service to the city. The corner of Church and Main is dedicated to his uncle Leo T. McGann while the corner of Church and Summer is dedicated to his father Joseph F. McGann, both WWII veterans and formerWaltham city employees. Bob worked for four years at Rex Trailer's TV studio on Main St. and has produced many shows for the Waltham cable channel including ones on the Waltham Museum and the Gore, Payne and Lyman estates. He has been on the board of the Waltham Museum for the last three years.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

This Mill Talk is generously sponsored by The Lowell Institute.

Earlier Event: June 28
Independence Day Swing Dance
Later Event: July 25