Mansfield Neblett's philanthropic urge found an enthusiastic beneficiary Friday: the Wisconsin Historical Society, where chief curator Paul Bourcier was ecstatic about creating a home for a Cheesehead hat autographed by President Barack Obama.
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"I can't think of anything better to represent the president's visit to Wisconsin," Bourcier said.
Neblett, who got the president to sign the hat at Wright Middle School on Wednesday, left a message with a reporter expressing his desire to donate the hat to the state. Bourcier had called the same reporter expressing his desire to acquire the hat for the society. Delirium ensued.
A public hat handover will occur at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St., where curators will place the hat into a display case.