Bringing history alive in Shelby

The recent Bicycle Days festival included the Shelby Cycle Co Historical Lecture by Shelby historian Christina Yetzer Drain, who explored the history of the Shelby Bicycle Co. and its impact on the community. She is shown speaking in the Black Fork Commons amphitheater on July 9.

Drain also is to speak at an upcoming event, “Shelby Becomes a City,” at the Marvin Memorial Library, 29 W. Whitney Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

She is to appear with Shelby City Council member and former Mayor Garland Gates for a look at what life was like in 1921 and explore the charter form of governing that is still in existence today in Shelby, the library announced in a news release.

The town of Shelby became a city as it reached a population of more than 5,000 in the 1920 census.

On Aug. 9, 1921 Shelbians voted to create a charter government for the new city, the library said in the news release.