Hello! My name is Jiselle and I am a senior student attending Stanley High School. Why am I writing on this blog, you ask? I was lucky enough to get the Fredericton Region Museum as my Co-operative Education placement. Basically, I get work experience from a place full of historical artefacts and great people!

Anyways, my goal today was to pick my favourite artefact in the museum and write about it.  After getting a tour of the whole place, I knew right away what item I would pick. My choice is a lovely size 7 top hat received by the Fredericton Region Museum in 1976.

The black top hat is, to my recent surprise, made from beaver felt! According to Wikipedia, They were fashionable across much of Europe during the period 1550-1850 because the soft yet resilient material could be easily combed to make a variety of hat shapes.

The hat box underneath is made from brown leather and is lined on the inside with red velvet.