One Hour in the Past E101 – Hats

E101 – Hats

Did you ever notice that a simple information search can lead you in strange and wonderful directions?  As in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, historical research can lead you down a winding rabbit hole that might take you off your original path and lead you to new and amazing historical places!

This podcast starts with that premise.

Adrian Petry, Visitors Services Coordinator and Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator, both from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, have challenged each other to explore the weird and wonderful places that one hour of research on a topic will take them.  Join them as they share their findings!

For their inaugural podcast, and in honour of the official opening of the Welland Canal celebrated with the Top Hat Ceremony on March 29th, they have started their One Hour in the Past with an homage to hats!

Take listen and share with us a few of the fun things you know about hats!

You can also listen and share the podcast on iTunes and our Soundcloud page.

Foot Notes

  1. More information on the Annual Top Hat Ceremony.
  2. Dictionary definition of hat:Dictionary.png
  3. Hat Photos from John Jackson and Sheila Wilson’s book “St. Catharines, Ontario: Canada’s Canal City.”
William Hamilton Merrit, Sans Hat.
The Great Western Railway was the first to serve St. Catharines. The station lay west of the town in the area that became known as Western Hill. The photo of Engine No. 8 is dated 1864. STCM 2732-R
Members of the St. Catharines Wheelmen’s Association founded in 1882. STCM 1975.59.6
Members of the Garden City Bicycle Club posing outside the Courthouse in their uniforms with their penny farthing bicycles. STCM N-9918
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The Merritton Girls Red Cross Drill Team, c. 1914. STCM 2006.77.1793
Girl Guides march along St. Paul Street in the 1915 Dominion Day Parade. STCM N-9609

4. Bird Hats



5. John Lock & Co. Hatters and ‘The Coke’ (Bowler) Hat

6. Earl of Leicester and Holkham Hall

7. St. Catharines Horse Show

8. Bowler Hat in the collection of the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre:

Bowler Hat belonging to George Doty; c. 1930s. STCM 2000.192.1

9. Easter Parade (a la Bing Crosby):

10. Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)

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