If you grew up playing the classic video game Oregon Trail, then chances are you’ve had a time or two when your virtual character was killed by hog cholera, murdered by bandits, or had all your oxen freeze to death in the middle of winter. While the game was originally designed to teach kids just how tough it was to be a pioneer, it also captured some of the adventure and courage it took to settle the American West. This is probably why so many community theaters and historical reenactment groups still portray these covered wagon characters to this day!
If you have a community theater or historical reenactment group and you want to look the part of a true pioneer woman riding in a covered wagon headed west, then you need to have the right accessories. Unfortunately, 19th-century pioneer bonnets are not the sort of thing that turns up every day at the local thrift store. Thankfully, in a time like this, your group can turn to a felt bonnet like this one to let you, or the actors in your troop look the part of a true pioneer woman.