Halloween Hats & Things

Happy Halloween, everybody!
This past week hasn’t been much unlike the past few weeks, so I’m just going to talk more about what happens in the FHCC (things that I don’t necessarily do myself). And as, usual, there will be plenty of pictures of hats and things.
As I may have said in a past post, the vast majority of items in the collection have been donated rather than bought. Therefore, the donation process is quite important.
I often describe donations as being somewhat akin to Pawn Stars, but in a much less crude. Essentially, a potential donor contacts us, a dialogue about their items begins, and eventually a meeting is scheduled for them to come in and show us their pieces in person. From there, the garments/accessories/etc. are examined and either chosen to be put in the main collection, or the study collection.
There are two main differences between the main and study collections, in my opinion. The first is proximity to students. The study collection is more accessible to students, whereas the main collection requires an appointment. The second difference lies in exhibition. Study collection pieces are never put on display, whereas main collection items are.
Anyhow, after we have decided what items we’re taking and where they will go, there’s paperwork. So as to avoid issues later, we make sure that there is a record of exactly what the donor is donating, their contact information, and a signed agreement that shows the items now belong to the FHCC. The face-to-face part of the process is important because sometimes a donor may not be ready to let go of their items. For example, if a person donates pieces that belonged to a loved one who has passed away, sometimes they may not truly be ready to move on. Seeing their level of emotion during this process helps to figure that out.
Donation information/paperwork gets both a digital file and a paper file, just in case, and copies of paperwork are also sent to the donor, along with a personalized thank-you letter. J
(I can’t think of anything more to say about the donation process, so it’s hat/accessories time!)

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One comment

  1. This sounds like such a fun and interesting job! You get to see so many different kinds of hats that are different styles and from different time periods. I feel like you definitely get to learn a lot about the different time periods these hats were worn in. Is there a certain kind of hat that is your favorite or a time period you enjoy learning about?

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