WOMAN IN MENDON
NEW YORK HAS 900 HATS
Miller is one woman who knows the value of a hat.
As a mitrologist (a collector of and authority
on hats and headdresses), she lends her hats to
museums and schools to teach people about different
cultures. The hat lover had this to say about
hats and life.
"It's a way of making a statement about
who we are. Hats are really versatile teaching
tools too," she said. Miller has exotic hats
from her world travels.
Her hats are currently on display at The Harley
School in Brighton. And until recently, several
of her hats toured museums around the country
for almost five years.
Miller's first hat came just after college, when
she was living in Spain with family friends in
the late 1970s.
A man in Madrid organized a bus trip from there
to India, and along the way, "Almost everywhere
you looked around, you saw people in villages
wearing different hats."
Soon, everywhere she traveled, she brought back
hats and stories of the people who wore them.
"My hats have grown in uniqueness,"
said Miller, who worked in marketing for companies
such as AT&T before working with museums and
teaching programs for schools and nursing homes.
Eventually she'd like to write a book on hats
and maybe turn her collection from 85 countries
into a museum, but for now she offers traveling
exhibits and lectures and uses her hats as art
in her home.
To contact Stacey go to her website: http://www.hathorizons.com