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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Minnie Pearl's hat, 1970sMinnie Pearl's hat, 1970s

Minnie Pearl, the great country comedienne and entertainer, made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1940. Over the next forty years she appeared regularly onstage at the Opry, on tour with country music stars, and on the television series Hee-Haw, delighting audiences with her trademark greeting—"How-dy!"—and homespun humor. In 1993 Minnie Pearl (in real life Sarah Ophelia Cannon) donated mementos from her career, including her famous straw hat with the $1.98 price tag, to the Smithsonian.

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