Was your great-aunt a milliner? Or grandmother? Or second cousin?

I’m working on an art and history project that tells the story of women milliners from our state’s past. Millinery was one of the only professions open to middle-class women for a very long time. I’m looking for your relative who made hats. Or rather, I’m looking for stories about your relative who made hats. Anytime from the 1890s until the 1950s. Please contact me if you’ve got a relative who was a milliner!



about 8 years ago

These Granite Islands is a fictional story, but based on some good research, and involves millenry. Sarah Stonich is a Minnesota author, likely accessible. Maybe she'd share her resources? 

I have done living history where I (just incidentally) spoke about visiting the Milliner and used to have some real historic Duluth names in my mind. Look in old city directories for names. I love this stuff, but have no family connections. Good luck!


about 8 years ago

I don't actually need a relative -- just someone who knows enough about a milliner that I can get the broad arch of a story. Do you indeed have some names? Because what I've been finding online hasn't been great. Just photos of ladies. Nothing biographical -- no obits. Any information you have would be really helpful.


about 8 years ago

My notes from that work are buried in a storage unit at the moment, I think. Sorry, it's been a long time. If you go to the public library and look at old city directories from the 1920s, you will see advertisements and names. The librarians can help! You can contact me at gina dot temple AT gmail if you want to chat more directly.

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