Team Nancy or Team Tonya?
It started when Matt Harkins, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and his roommate Viviana Olen watched the ESPN documentary “The Price of Gold” about the 1994 ice-skating scandal involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. As Matt explained in an interview with NYUlocal, “We were both very moved. And then Viviana was like, ‘Let’s start a museum!’ and I was like, ‘Yes.’ “
They planned to start small—just enlarge a couple of photos of the skaters for their Brooklyn apartment. The two, who perform at the comedy club Upright Citizens Brigade, wanted to raise the $75 is would cost to print the Nancy and Tanya posters through a Kickstarter campaign.
Much to their surprise, they raised not only $2,000 (and counting) but also received all sorts of memorabilia from ice-skating fans, including pins, programs and backstage passes.
Their brainchild—THNK1994 Museum—is staged in their apartment’s long hallway and opens April 18. But you’ll need to make an appointment to view the collection because, as they explained in an interview with ABC News, “We both have full time jobs.”
You can read more about their museum and obsession with ice skaters on the Washington Post website.
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