This green felt hat is called a tyrolean and was created in the Tyrol region of Austria. Popular throughout the Alps mountain range, it is commonly called a Bavarian or Alpine hat. This style of hat has a soft short brim that comes to a slight point in the front. It turns up at the neck and is often decorated with braided cord, feathers, or "brush" which is made from the beard of a Chamois goat. Brush was often displayed on the hat as a hunting trophy.
Discovery Kit: Hats (November 2018) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Hats (May 2020) Hats and headwear have been worn for centuries by people around the world to serve a variety of purposes, cultural traditions and religious practices. This resource provides tools and activities for investigating a number of hats in the Grand Rapid Public Museum’s Collections.