Carl F. Burgwardt was a Western New York historian, collector and founder of the now-closed bicycle museum, Pedaling History. This private museum, opened in 1981 by Carl and his wife, Clary, gained an international reputation for the depth and breadth of his exhibits and knowledge. Visitors were often treated to tours personally by Carl or Clary who illuminated the tour with stories about individual bicycles.
The museum contained over 400 historic and rare bicycles along with thousands of pieces of bicycling memorabilia, ephemera and advertising, photographs, posters and original manufacturers' catalogs. Ninety-five percent of this collection was original American artifacts telling the beginning of the bicycle's development. Nearly twenty percent of the museum's collection was of Western New York and Buffalo origination.