Warren Antiques Study Club meets

Photo submitted to Times Observer At the September meeting of the Antiques Study Club, members were encouraged to wear their favorite hats. Pictured are Bonnie Lopez, Judith Scalise and Maria Cole.

The Warren Antiques Study Club is practicing its motto: Preserving yesterday and today for tomorrow.

For the first time in over a year, the club met on Sept. 27.

Poet Laureate Pat Slattery read two poems, one, “Never go Walking Out Without Your Hat Pin,” fit the theme of the evening.

Club members Vickie Ferrie and Dr. Ruth Barnes Shaw presented a program about hat pins and hair receivers.

“Ferrie shared her beautiful collection of hat pins and holders and the history and evolution of them from their meager beginnings to the excesses of the Elizabethan and Victorian periods,” according to a club release. “Barnes Shaw spoke about the Hat Pin Panic of the 1800s, when women used hat pins as weapons to defend themselves against aggressive men. At one point, law makers decided to put an end to this and in 1910 women could be arrested for carrying hat pins.”

Barnes Shaw also shared her collection of antique hair receivers and their function.

The club’s next meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 25, at Ruff Acres in Russell.


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