Curator’s Pick


Conformateur, which will be featured in the EHC’s newest exhibit.

We want to whet your appetite for our new exhibit opening May 1, 2017.  “The Finishing Touch: Evanston Accessorized” will focus on all manner of clothing accessories for men, women, and children from the mid-19th C. through the 20th C.

Here we are showing a device, the Conformateur, essential to getting the correct shape and size for a man’s hard crowned hat, such as a bowler or top hat.  You can see from this video, that though this machine was created in the 19th C. it is still being used today.

Please plan on coming to see our conformateur, the hats it would have helped to fit, and dozens of other fashion accessories at the Evanston History Center.  The exhibit can be viewed when the house is open for tours, Thursday – Sunday from 1-4 pm. The exhibit runs May – December 2017.