2014_12_history_hats_02The East Jackson Street branch of First Bankers Trust Company in Macomb and the Western Illinois Museum continue their partnership in bringing local history to the community.   Visitors to the bank, located at 1630 East Jackson Street, will be able to view a new exhibit, The History of Hats, which features nine hats from the museum’s collection.  Exploring various materials and style, the exhibit includes an example of a late 1880s beaver skin hat, and various children’s and women’s styles that provide insight into the times when they were made and worn.  Military hats and a baseball cap on display further illustrate the lives and values of the people who wore them.

Kevin Cobban installing the exhibit

The exhibit, the third installed at the bank, was developed with the help of museum intern, Kevin Cobban.  An undergraduate history student at Western Illinois University, Kevin helped research the artifacts on display, designed and created the wall panels, and assisted with the installation at the bank.  Museum Director, Sue Scott, commented, “We are pleased to have First Bankers Trust as a partner in providing an opportunity for Kevin to gain professional experience.”  Kevin, who is interested in a career in the museum field, is planning on continuing his education, pursuing a Master’s Degree.

2014_12_history_hats_18The exhibit will be on display through May 2015.  The bank’s lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

The Western Illinois Museum located is at 201 South Lafayette Street, one block south of Macomb’s historic Courthouse Square.  For more information, contact the museum at 309.837.2750 or First Bankers Trust at 309.837.6664.