Hat Madness Exhibition

Hat Madness Exhibition

New Canaan Museum & Historical Society

From Dec 12 to Mar 08, 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s new exhibition Hat Madness explores the history of hats, hat design and hat-making with over 65 hats from its extensive clothing and textile collection. From the simple bonnets worn in Colonial times to stunning pieces of art that were popular in the 1920s to the “Pussy Cap” of the 2017 Women’s March, this exhibition spans more than 200 years. Period garments and related accessories are also on display.

Come learn about the origins of the famous Mad Hatter, a term used to describe the dementia experienced by men in the hat-making business. The mercury used in the production of felt, which was then used for hats, caused the problem. In the 19th century, the Danbury Hatters experienced what was then called the “Danbury Shakes.” Without labor laws to protect them, these workers struggled to keep up with production as they lost their minds. Interesting historical facts and a brief documentary on the hat-making industry in Danbury are also included in this mixed media exhibition.

The show is curated by Penny Havard and runs through March 8, 2020.

The exhibition is free to members, and $5 for all others. For more information, call (203) 966-1776, or go to www.nchistory.org.

The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840.

Contact Name: Donna Dearth

Contact Email: ddearth@nchistory.org

Contact Phone: 203-966-1776

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Ticket Information

Free to members/ $5 all others




New Canaan Museum & Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

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Plenty of parking in lot behind main building.

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Additional Dates

Tue, 02/25/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Wed, 02/26/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Thu, 02/27/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Fri, 02/28/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Sat, 02/29/202010:00 am2:00 pm
Tue, 03/03/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Wed, 03/04/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Thu, 03/05/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Fri, 03/06/20209:30 am4:30 pm
Sat, 03/07/202010:00 am2:00 pm
Sun, 03/08/202011:00 am4:00 pm

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