“You never know what you’re going to find,” Trudeau said. “You’ve got to keep your eyes open, your ears open.”
Trudeau’s interest in the accessory began as a child, as she and her brother were both fair-skinned. Her mother put hats on them to prevent sunburn.
“The hats were mandatory,” Trudeau said. “I grew up in a cold climate so you had to wear something on your head when you were walking to school or work, and I got to like them.”
Today, Trudeau is still fond of wearing hats, but she’s noticed that donning one has become an oddity.
“It’s funny because nobody really wears hats that much anymore now,” she said.
She has also made a few of her own.
“It’s a very creative art,” Trudeau said.
She is trying not to collect any more.
“It’s time to stop,” she said.
Trudeau is looking forward to meeting people who attend the exhibit and learning about their interest in hats.
“Maybe I’ll find a designer of hats,” she said.
The exhibit has been created with the help of local artist Diane Leifheit.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: "A Life in Hats."
WHEN: Opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 28. The exhibit runs through Columbus Day weekend. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
WHERE: John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum at 89 Church St. in Saranac Lake.
ADMISSION: General admission is $5, children and members get in for free.
CONTACT: For more information about the exhibit or the reception, visit www.historicsaranaclake.org or call 891-4606.