Kirkman House showcases historic hats


Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., features "Chapeaux," a collection of over 150 pieces of vintage millinery from the 1890s through the 1960s.

The exhibit examines the social trends of each era and how these events influenced the styles of women's toppers. The exhibit begins in the 1890s -- La Belle Epoch, era of the Cancan, the Gibson Girl and the horseless carriage -- and continues through the 1960s -- the decade of Jacqueline Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and dramatic acts of change throughout the country. Each decade is represented by a variety of flamboyant, sleek and cheeky hats.

Featured in the exhibit are four hats allegedly belonging to Josephine "Dutch Jo" Wolfe, Walla Walla's Madame of the Rose Room, and a straw hat worn by Mary Pickford, silent movie siren.

A portion of the exhibit is dedicated to the "If the hat fits, wear it!" station where visitors are invited to try on hats of various styles.

The exhibit is free, open to the public and will be on view at Kirkman House until Oct. 10. Visit "Chapeaux" during regular operating hours Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Visit for more information.


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