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Happy National Hat Day!

January 15

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of January, repeating indefinitely

Happy National Hat Day!

Hats are nothing new, but the United States has produced some unique pieces of headgear throughout its history, including the cowboy hat (inspired by Mexican sombreros), the coonskin cap (made famous by Davey Crockett), and even the cheesehead (worn by Green Bay Packers fans).

Did you know? During the colonial era, Americans became so skilled and prolific in their hat-making that they threatened British markets – the British Parliament even passed a law outlawing their exportation from the American colonies.

The phrase “mad as a hatter,” comes from the historical use of mercury in the felting process of men’s hat-making. Sadly, the poisonous substance had poor effects on hat-makers’ health and brain function.


The Millinery Shop, Edgar Degas, 1885

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer


January 15
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