“Steppin’ Out”: Hats and Bonnets & General Historic House Tours


At the time of Weeksville’s founding, well dressed ladies and gentlemen often wore a bonnet or a top hat. Hats were an important piece of their ensemble during the 19th Century and early 20th Century. Not only were hats necessary for blocking the sun when working in the garden, but they were also coveted fashion piece when attending social events. In this workshop, each student will choose an event/ activity, taking place between 1850- 1915 (as discussed during the guided tours), and create their hat using provided cardboard and a host of materials. At the end of the workshop, they will present their hat, giving the year, and event/ activity in which they would wear their hat.

Offered At

Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. Weeksville advances its mission through history, preservation, visual and performing arts, ecology and the built environment.



History, 19th Century, African American History, Art


30 students, 1 chaperone per 3 students


90 min.


Field Trip


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary, Adult

Price Options

$12.00 per Person for School Group