From Bonnets to Hats, 1830-1930

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


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The Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau offers an exciting opportunity for our historians, curators and authors to visit your community and share the stories of our great state.

Bonnets used to be the de rigueur headwear for women, but by the 1920s no modern women would be caught dead wearing an old-fashioned bonnet instead of a stylish hat. Leslie Bellais, Curator of Costume & Textiles at the Wisconsin Historical Society, will explore why bonnets changed to hats, while also looking at stylistic changes. She will show bonnets and hats from the Society’s collection and reproductions for audience members to model.


Onalaska Public Library
741 Oak Ave S
Onalaska, WI 54650