September 29, 1996 in Nation/World

Cheeseheads To Transcend The Ages

Compiled From Wire Services

The Smithsonian soon could add a new kind of three-cornered hat to its collection. A sort of cheddar chapeau, if you will.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History wants a Cheesehead, specifically, one of the foam-rubber triangular pieces of Swiss worn by members of the Wisconsin delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

The Cheesehead “is just a nice symbol of local pride, local identification. We’d like to have it as a document,” said Harry Rubenstein, a specialist in political history at the Smithsonian.

The Cheeseheads are also worn by football fans of the University of Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers. One Packer fan even credited a Cheesehead for saving his life when he used it to shield his head in a plane crash.

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