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Memorial Hair Wreath

"Made by Mary Woods about 1885." The center contains a list of whose hair went into the wreath; some great grandparents, regular grandparents, great aunts/uncles. Hair wreaths were a great way of remembering ancestors in a time before photographs, and when painted portraits were expensive.


Lots of colors represented here. Note that "the white hair is from the tail of Uncle 's favorite mare." Horses were part of the family, too.


We asked if any other animals were represented in hair wreaths--cats? dogs?--but no.


You have to visit Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, just outside of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Taken on April 18, 2012