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Posted: Wed, May 22, 2013

Get Ready for HATAGANZA

 "Fashionista" or not, you'll have fun at the Carnegie Cultural Center's "HATAGANZA." Designed to complement the current Temporary Exhibit, "Hats, Hats, Hats!" the event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 on June 1 at the Center. The event's main attraction will be a program entitled "A Century of Hats" by vintage clothing collector and women's historian, Heather Edgington, of Spring Grove, MN. 

 During her college years at the University of Wisconsin, Heather worked in the Historic Costume Lab where she learned the value of preservation and restoration. Edgington also worked at one of Chicago's finest vintage clothing shops where she was enthralled by the varied collection of  beautiful, period apparel...including the hats, of course!

Heather has collected exquisite vintage clothing and hats for over 25 years with an emphasis in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Thirteen years ago she started offering hat and style shows based on her collection and interwoven with women's history. In 2005, she started taking her show on the road and enjoys meeting new people who also are lovers of the old.

Following the program, attendees are invited to "Tea and Tidbit Tasting" featuring different varieties of tea and sweets. Everyone is invited to come dressed for the occasion. Door prizes will be given for the "Largest Hat" (determined by averaging the length, width, and height of a hat), "Most Bedecked Hat" (determined by the number of different trims) and "People's Choice." Another activity will be a "Name That Hat" contest.

The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. Admission to the Center and to HATAGANZA is free. Summer hours are: Wed., Thurs., Fri., 12 noon - 6p.m.;  Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun. 1 - 4 pm. For more information, contact the Center at (641) 394-2354; or visit the website at

PHOTO: Heather Edgington will present "A Century of Hats" during the Carnegie Cultural Center's "HATAGANZA"