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Danbury to unveil Hat City statue Monday

A statue dedicated to Danbury's hatting history will be unveiled on Monday afternoon.  The statue depicting a hatter in his studio is located at the Heritage Plaza outside of City Hall. 


City officials say even though the hatting industry in Danbury has completely vanished, its impact on the City’s history will last forever.  By 1800, Danbury was producing more hats than any place else in the United States. By 1887, some 30 factories were manufacturing five million hats a year.  Costly labor disputes, changing fashion trends, and less profit resulted in many factories closing or moving, and the last hat factory in Danbury closed in the 1980’s. 


The unveiling is at 4pm Monday.

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