Griffin Free Public Library – Auburn, NH

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A Glimpse into Auburn’s Past: Hair Wreaths

Written by Mary-Jean Chaput

Note: A picture will be added to this article shortly

Griffin Free Public Library is the home of some unusual non-print articles. When the building was sold to the town by Sebastian Griffin, one of the requirements was that in addition to books, the library/museum would house a collection of historical artifacts. One item that is particularly interesting is the hair wreath that hangs in the meeting room of the library (the room closest to Hooksett Rd.).

Hair wreaths were very much in vogue during the mid-Victorian ear (1850-1875). Friends and family members would exchange hair as tokens of friendship and women would knit and twist the hair to represent flowers and leaves. These were then shaped into a wreath or horseshoe shape, framed, and hung on a parlor wall. Often the hair would have been taken after a person’s death and woven as a way to remember the individual.

There is a picture of a woman hanging next to the wreath in the library. It is possible that it is her hair in the wreath on display, but we aren’t sure. Do you know anything about our hair wreath? Come by and take a look.




This entry was posted on June 28, 2013 by in Museum.


Griffin Free Public Library
22 Hooksett Road / PO Box 308
Auburn, NH 03032



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