The History Of The AMHF And The Motorcycle Hall Of Fame
Created in 1982, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation (AMHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation created to recognize, record and preserve our motorcycling heritage. Direction of the AMHF is provided by an elected volunteer board.
One of the Foundation’s major goals was to create a Hall of Fame to tell the exciting stories of our community and a permanent repository in which to archive the memorabilia and ephemera of our past. On August 16, 1990, the AMHF realized this major goal when it opened the Motorcycle Heritage Museum adjacent to the AMA headquarters in Westerville, Ohio. The facility featured exhibits depicting all aspects of motorcycling history, but alas space was limited and a larger facility was eventually needed for future growth.
In 1999, the AMHF moved the Museum to a new location adjacent to AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio. And with the new facility came a new name, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.
In addition to the daily operation of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMHF continues to be involved with many other important projects such as the development of an archival research area, creation of adult and children's education programs and consultation with other institutions regarding motorcycling theme exhibits and programs.
The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation's success to date has been made possible by the generous contributions of individuals, clubs and corporations. It is only through the generosity of our donors that we can continue to operate and expand the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and its programs.