Minnie Pearl's Hat

A straw hat adorned with a band of artificial flowers and a dangling price tag was an essential component of country comedian Minnie Pearl's stage persona. Born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville Tennessee, she perfected her style of rural humor in numerous appearances at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, on radio, and on television.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Pearl, Minnie
Physical Description
straw (overall material)
paper (tag material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 15 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 39.37 cm x 31.115 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Clothing & Accessories
Popular Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
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National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sarah Ophelia Cannon (Minnie Pearl) through Henry R. Cannon
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL

Visitor Comments

8/2/2016 6:40:46 PM
Louise McFatridge
Another associate and myself were discussing Minnie Pearl and her hats with the price tag. When did she start using the hats? We both really enjoyed her and her times on TV & radio.
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