Catherine Vanaria, WCSU photography professor and Danbury small business owner, who spent time during the summer of 2010 photographing a hat collection at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority . Her work inspired an exhibit being displayed at the museum through October 15, 2011. The exhibit can be viewed on at the museum on Main Street in Danbury Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
“Once we viewed Cathy's exceptional photographs, we knew that the women’s hat collection had to be seen by the public. These hats are works of art,” stated Executive Director, Brigid Guertin.
Over 300 ladies hats from the museum collection will showcase hat design from the colonial period through the mid-20th century. The exhibit includes highly entertaining wall of historic newspaper advertisements and city directory listings related to the millinery trade in Danbury. Vintage photos and antique postcards from museum archives illustrate styles and trends.
Joretta Kilcourse, museum docent and volunteer crafted a special ‘Magnificent Millinery Quilt’ featuring Vanaria’s photos of some of the finest hats in the collection. The winning ticket for this fundraising raffle will be drawn at the close of the exhibit on October 15, 2011.