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The three wheel roller skate made by the Hiker Manufacture Company in the early 1900sThree-wheeled skate by Hiker Manufacture Company early 1900s. (81.5.28)

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Reproduction of early 1900s band organ.

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Giving Tuesday
  The National Museum of Roller Skating, located in Lincoln, NE, is the home of the largest collection of roller skates and roller skating memorabilia in the country.  This Museum is the only one of its kind.  The Museum is a premier facility for roller skating history maintaining historical artifacts since the first patented roller skates in 1819.  In addition to roller skates, the museum also houses photographs, costumes, trophies, medals and an extensive sticker collection of many roller skating rink facilities throughout the nation.  Many have wonderful memories of roller skating in their youth and this can be recaptured with visiting the Museum. Historical skating tapes of competition, skating shows and TV presentation are available to enjoy.  The Museum has a gift shop of historical books, t-shirts and other skating related gifts for sale.

   The National Museum of Roller Skating is dependent solely upon donation and memberships to the Museum.  On this website, you can donate and become a member.

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National Museum of Roller Skating

The National Museum of Roller Skating is seeking donations of artifacts, documents, and memorabilia related to roller skating. Donations are tax-deductible up to the amount permitted by law.
For further information, contact the Museum Director at (402) 483-7551, or by e-mail at directorcurator@rollerskatingmuseum.com. Please discuss your potential donation with the Museum Director before sending any materials to the museum.

The museum is seeking items which:

  1. Reflect the history of roller skating on a local, regional, national, and international level.
  2. Are not duplicates of artifacts already in the collection and which the staff feel can be handled in terms of storage and conservation.

The museum is particularly interested in collecting:

  1. Any roller skating item from before 1900.
  2. Items documenting competitive roller skating pre-1937.
  3. Costumes (used for either competitive or entertainment events).


The museum staff is unable to provide appraisals of the monetary value of materials offered as gifts, brought in for identification, or submitted for any other purpose. Donors desiring appraisals must themselves acquire and pay for a professional appraiser. Important: The cost of an appraisal is also tax deductible if the gift is being given to a qualifying charitable institution.


Gifts to the National Museum of Roller Skating are deductible from taxable income in accordance with the provisions of the Federal income tax law. Establishing the true monetary value of gifts is the responsibility of the donor. The acceptance of an item at the donor's appraised value does not imply endorsement of that value by the museum.

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