The Cowboys and Hatters Exhibit

Past and Present Venues:

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

June 5 to July 12, 2014

Address: 215 Sutton. St., Maysville, KY 41056

Phone: 606-564-5865

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
January 22 through June 26 2007

Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX
2006  --   6 months

Hilliard Historical Society, Hilliard, OH
2004-2005 -- 12 months

St. George Art Museum, St. George, UT
1999  -- 6 weeks

Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, NM
1997-1998 -- 12 months

Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio 
1996 for 6 months

By focusing on the historical use of the hat by real cowboys in juxtaposition with the hats of movie cowboys and fashionable gentlemen, the exhibition shows how a costume accessory indicates status, vocation, and myth, and how these change over time. Through the use of real hats, dressed mannequins, hat-making implements and samples, photographs of the hat-making process, and portraits of men wearing hats, the exhibition explores all levels of hat-making, hat-wearing and hat iconography. The exhibit focuses on men's costume and includes a signlficant section on the manufacture of the object. It also details everyday working clothes. The public fascination with the cowboys of legend serves to give the audience a greater appreciation of the role of costume as social indicator.

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