As anyone who is involved in a nonprofit knows, most nonprofits cannot function without the amazing work of their volunteers — people who give hours of their own time to help a cause near and dear to their hearts. At the Red Mill Museum Village, our volunteers have been the backbone of our organization since 1963.
One particular group of women has been working with the Red Mill’s textile collection for many years. They help to conserve it and improve the education and exhibition access for the public by inventorying, photographing, digitizing and repacking items like clothing, quilts and hats. In honor of these dedicated volunteers we are pleased to share our newest exhibit, “Hats Off to The Textile Volunteers”.
This latest exhibit was the inspiration of Lynn Burtis, one of our longest working, dedicated textile volunteers, who thought it would be fun to research our collection of hats and display an assortment of 39 of the most meaningful and historic in the collection in honor of the textile committee and their hard work. The exhibit was curated and designed by our textile volunteers.
Most of the hats in the exhibit are from the Victorian era, when hats were an important part of social norms and fashion custom. We thought it would be fun to share some Victorian hat etiquette.
New Jersey played an important role in hat making and some of the hats in this exhibit were made right in Clinton 140 years ago.
Therefore the selection of the exhibit title is representative to the admiration for the textile volunteers and this exhibit signifies the important work our volunteers do behind the scenes in helping to care for over 5,000 textile items. “Hats off” to Lynn Burtis, Melissa Mohlman, Kay McGuire, Maureen Polt, Judy Audett, Jill Lasher, Carolyn Creed, Pam Molnar and Dana Bala, our textile collection volunteers!
This exhibit is running now through September 10. You may visit during regular museum hours. For information about visiting and to purchase tickets for general admission, click here