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New exhibit tells story of roller skating in Washington

Courtesy Washington State History Museum
The "Skate" exhibition opens Saturday night at the state history museum in Tacoma. It will run until mid-August.

The Washington State History Museum exhibition includes Spokane's role in skating, roller derby.

On Saturday, the Washington State History Museum will open a new exhibit that focuses on roller skating in the Evergreen State. It’s called, “Skate: Rinks, Derbies and Discos.” The museum’s lead curator is Gwen Whiting.

“The earliest skate we have is probably from the 1840s, but we have skates that range all the way up until today. We have examples of quad skates, inline skates, speed skates," she said.

"We also have several roller derby items and we have a lot of hands-on opportunities to simply touch and engage with different aspects of skating across time and also to really get a chance to look at what skating fashion has looked like at different points in history.”

The exhibit will have its opening receptionSaturday night at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. It will remain open until mid-August. You can read more about it at the museum’s website.

Doug Nadvornick has spent most of his 30+-year radio career at Spokane Public Radio and filled a variety of positions. He is currently the program director and news director. Through the years, he has also been the local Morning Edition and All Things Considered host (not at the same time). He served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for the Northwest News Network, based in Coeur d’Alene. He created the original program grid for KSFC. He has also served for several years as a board member for Public Media Journalists Association. During his years away from SPR, he worked at The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington State University in Spokane and KXLY Radio.