Fun in Nebraska: The National Museum of Roller Skating

Although I was super busy at nationals this year, I was able to get in a quick visit to the National Museum of Roller Skating.  It is actually (as far as I am aware) the only museum in the world that is dedicated to roller skating, and it is located in the back of the building that houses the offices of USA Roller Sports (USARS).

Just inside the door – wall of skating memorabilia!
An old proficiency test medal.
If you follow the signs and walk to the back room in the building you will find the museum and all the wonders it contains.

Of course, there are a lot of really interesting old skates:

The wood wheels are just a little before my time…
Celebrating the organ music that defined a generation.

The museum celebrates all types of skating:

And now, for my fellow seamsters, seamstresses, and sewistas, the fun stuff – skating appropriate clothing throughout the years…

I actually really like the top and the long skirt – though it must have been difficult to skate in!
Also, check out the poor dude in background – hilarious!
Check out those puffy sleeves!
Slightly shorter skirts, but I bet those hats created a lot of drag!
We want shorter skating dresses!

And now for some actual garments presented by the museum:

Dress worn by Natalie Dunn in the “contest of the century.”
I love the simple elegance of this dress.
This dress was worn by a contestant in a beauty pageant.
Some older examples of mens skating costumes.
So 1980s it’s not even funny.
A modern-day dress – totally covered in rhinestones!

The following are pictures of costumes from traveling performers and the Skating Vanities – a 1940s traveling roller skating variety show:

So, are you ready to go skating yet?  Just remember – safety first!

You can see these and many more skating artifacts, costumes, and artwork at the museum.  If you should ever find yourself in the middle of Lincoln, Nebraska with a few extra hours of time, you should totally check it out for yourselves!

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