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.