Williamsburg Roommates Launch Kickstarter Campaign To Open Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan Museum In Their Apartment

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Williamsburg apartment is being turned into a museum to commemorate an infamous ice-skating incident.

Viviana Olen and roommate Matt Harkins launched a Kickstarter campaign to transform their hallway into the “The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum.”

They came up with the idea after watching a documentary about Harding on Netflix. The two quickly realized their hallway would be the “perfect place to house a museum dedicated to the 1994 American incident and the response,” according to their Kickstarter page.

“It will be visual, we also will have an audio element, we’re going to have some iPads in the walls that show the figure skating routines, we’re actually going to make the lighting really good so it has an experience walking through,” Olen told 1010 WINS.

Olen and Harkins are both comedians. But Olen said this is not a joke and they’re very serious about the project.

“I want to make it clear, we’re not making fun of the event,” Olen told 1010 WINS. “If we’re making fun of anything we’re making fun of ourselves, you know, that we’re that interested in it.”

It seems they’re not the only ones interested in the Harding/Kerrigan saga.

Their goal was to raise $75 and have received more than $1,200.

Backers can receive a wide variety of prizes including getting married in the museum for pledging $1,500 or more.

“Matt and I will both become officiated and you get a tray of cookies and everybody gets T-shirts, nobody has surprisingly bought that,” Olen said.

“I will say that that’s OK with us because it would add a lot more work,” Harkins said. “We would have actually be ordained people who perform a marriage.”

According to the Kickstarter page, “If they raise a ton of money Matt and Viviana will quit their jobs for a year and dedicate themselves to the museum including more research and the possibility of a touring exhibition where they’ll go to wherever Tonya lives and buy her a really nice dinner.”

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