DANBURY, Conn. – The new Hatter’s Monument in Danbury will be unveiled at a ceremony held Monday at 4 p.m. on the Heritage Plaza outside of City Hall.
“This monument will serve as a memorial to Danbury’s rich history,” said Mayor Mark Boughton. “I want to thank all of the participants involved in making it a reality, especially Union Savings Bank for their continued support throughout this process.”
The Hatter’s Monument Committee commissioned local artist David Boyajian to design the sculpture. He stated his purpose for this monument was to capture the visual and poetic narrative of Danbury’s prominent role in the 20th century American hat making industry. The hatting industry, which began in the 18th century, remained strong in Danbury until the 1980s.
“Danbury has great pride in its place in history as ‘The Hat Capital of the World,’ said John Jowdy, Hatter’s committee chair. “It is only fitting that we honor the hard working men and women who gave us this heritage with this monument.”
Attendees of the ceremony, which is open to the public, include Boughton, City Council members, the Hatter’s Monument Committee, Union Savings Bank President Cynthia C. Merkle, Danbury Museum and Historical Society and State Sen. Michael McLachlan as Master of the Ceremony.