PLATTSMOUTH – During the Victorian era, according to a local historian, women displayed their handicrafts in their homes.

This included hair wreaths, said Margo Prentiss, curator of the Cass County Historical Society Museum.

The history of hair wreaths was the topic Tuesday at the Spring Brown Bag Museum’s first keynote of the year.

Hair wreaths were not worn, but served as symbols of love and friendship, according to Prentiss.

Women gave wreaths to each other as a sign of friendship. A bride gave a crown as a wedding gift to her husband.

“Mothers would save their children’s hair,” Prentiss said.

The hair of a recently deceased person would be cut and made into a wreath in remembrance of that person, she said.

Before being made into a wreath, the severed hair would be collected in a “hair receiver” or covered bowl on a dresser, she added.

According to Prentiss, it would take women months to create a crown of hair.

Crowns were usually made in the shape of a lucky horseshoe.

“It’s been used a lot,” Prentiss said.

Donated hair wreaths are currently on display at the museum.

Brown Bag’s next talk will be on Tuesday, February 22, with local artists Doug and Leslee Wilkerson discussing their downtown Plattsmouth art gallery, Wilkerson Art Works, and the many local artists who have had or will have exhibitions at the gallery.

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