Ashland County Historical Society

Preserving the Heritage of Ashland County

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Eloise Noonan

Hat Collection

The hats that you see in this collection are all unique. From the bucket style blue-feathered bucket style hat to the gingham checked felt hat, they are all fun and interesting. Her hats come from the 1950s and 1960s.

Eloise Noonan was a benefactor, friend and member of the Board of Directors for the Ashland County Historical Society. Mrs. Noonan was also a professor at Ashland College from 1966 until 1976 and a local philanthropist for 30 years in the Ashland Community. Her collections can be seen in many places throughout the museum.

Eloise’s greatest contribution to the ACHS were the proceeds that she left upon her death which made it possible to build The Noonan House, which is the administrative building for our museum. The building currently houses the administrative offices and library, a Streetscape of Ashland, the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame display and a Military History room.

Ms. Noonan was a lifetime member, longtime board member and volunteer, and key player in the development of many of the historical society’s programs, practices and procedures. She was often described by others as multi-talented, enthusiastic, hardworking, perky, feisty, and very generous.

Ms. Noonan passed away on Jan. 27, 1997.