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April is National Straw Hat Month

Apr 6, 2020

Historic New England has many straw hats from New England fashionistas

Boater, Panama, cowboy, short-brimmed, wide-brimmed, strewn with flowers or adorned with ribbon, occasionally a fedora or a fascinator, the straw hat goes by many names, appears in many shapes and forms, and has been around for centuries.

For many, donning a straw hat indicates the switch from winter to summer attire. And while hats reached peak popularity a century ago, the straw hat is still a significant style statement for many.

Some of our straw hats

Historic New England has many examples in its collection, including a photograph of our founder William Sumner Appleton (seen here on the steps of Otis House in Boston). Here are a few other favorites.

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You can explore more of Historic New England’s clothing and accessories in our Collections Access database.