|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:
|A really old inline skate.|
|The skate on the left was used as part of a costume in an opera - the dancers were supposed |
to be "ice skating"which is why the metal part looks like an old ice blade.
|Plimpton's "rocker skate" - adding rubber cushions allowed the skate to curve and create edges.|
This led to increased popularity of roller skating and the first real skating boom.
|Crazy skates - steam power and stilts!|
|The wood wheels are just a little before my time...|
|Celebrating the organ music that defined a generation.|
|An old skate case.|
|Some people decorated them with stickers.|
|And others had fantastic engravings.|
|Back in the day each rink had their own sticker.|
|These were quite collectable by skating enthusiasts.|
The museum celebrates all types of skating:
|Even roller derby (then & now)!|
|Skating in the early 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!|
|Those hemlines keep climbing!|
|We want shorter skirts!|
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.|
|So 1980s it's not even funny.|
|Tara Lipinski's national champion dress and skates |
(before she went completely to ice and won Olympic gold in 1998).
|A modern-day dress - totally covered in rhinestones!|
|A picture of costumes from the Skating Vanities - a 1940s traveling roller skating variety show.|
|My favorite! Another Skating Vanities dress...|
|The beadwork is beyond stunning.|
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!
Location: National Museum of Roller Skating
4730 South Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, CST