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Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
My name is Brittany Fitzgerald. I am a 19-year-old undergraduate in my third semester at Utah State University and intend to double major in English and Anthropology. I was born and raised in Davis County, Utah, and spent a year living in Livermore, California when I was 8. I was raised Mormon, in a large extended family, nearly all of whom are also active members. I am pretty close with cousins on both sides of my family, and am one of the oldest cousins. My favorite hobbies are handicrafts, writing, and drawing, and I love retro and vintage clothing
These hats belonged to my Great-Grandma Hoffmeister. After she died they were passed to my grandparents, who gave them to my mother, who gave them to me.
[There are four black hats. One is round, beanie-shaped, and crocheted, with sequins around the brim and a single white paisley bead. Next is a flat, round velvet cap, studded with jet beads. Third is a round, pillbox hat with a thick satin ribbon around the sides and a net veil. Last is another round cap, with edges padded to give it dimension and a scalloped edge that covers the hairline. Each scallop has rhinestones arranged in flower shapes.]
These hats were initially put in my grandma's "dress-up" box that the grandkids used to play in. Then they were given to my mom to use as home décor, along with other family heirlooms like gloves and teapots. In high school, I started to really enjoy wearing hats with my outfits, and wanted one to wear to my Homecoming dance, and my mom gave me these hats to choose between, and I've kept them since.
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Fitzgerald, Brittany, "Heirloom Hat Collection" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 278.