Old Hats! A History of Headwear
Location: CSH Reading Room
Exhibition Dates: April 16, 2013 – January 10, 2014
Hours: Open during normal business hours
People wear hats for a variety of reasons. Hats may serve as protective head coverings, sheltering us from the rain and sun. Hats may be worn on the job, like a hardhat or a helmet, keeping us from certain harm. Hats, like a cap, may identify an affiliation with a company or sports team. Hats are sometimes worn for religious and cultural purpose; they may help distinguish a person’s role or rank. More often than not, hats are worn as fashion accessories. They add a dash of style and formality to a wearer’s overall ensemble.
Using images from the Center for Sacramento History’s photographic collections, Old Hats! A History of Headwear provides a chronology of headwear fashions. The exhibit starts with the 1890s, when the bulk of the Center’s portrait collections begin. It finishes with the 1970s, when the practice of hat wearing generally disappears from popular fashion. Old Hats! offers a view of hats and headwear worn by Sacramentans for nearly a century.
This exhibition is presented by the Center for Sacramento History; curated by Rebecca Crowther.