Prepare the Hats!

Once upon a time, young women learned the art of hat-making as part of their education, as evident in this image from a Portland High School Domestic Science class. Millinery shops can still be found (including in Portland), but they are now something of a rarity.

Student hats, Portland, 1924
Student hats, Portland, 1924

There’s one day each year that Maine Historical Society celebrates fancy headwear–our annual gala, The Mad Hatter Affair. On May 4, we will once again gather at the Woodlands in Falmouth to kick off spring, cheer on the Kentucky Derby contestants, and celebrate the work of MHS.

Please join us for this annual fundraiser and dinner. Live music, a silent auction, and the opportunity to wear your fanciest springtime hat make for a fantastically fun affair. We hope to see you there!

Read more about the Gala, and how to reserve tickets, here.

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