The frosh hat, slang for freshman hat, is an old-school tradition that dates back more than 100 years to Dr. A.T. Still’s time as president of the American School of Osteopathy (ASO). Fraternities gave these hats to freshmen following a week of “initiation rituals.” Students then donned the caps while on campus and in the community.

This particular frosh hat belonged to James B. Eades from ASO’s class of 1918. Dr. Eades was originally from Roanoke, Virginia, and served as class president and vice president of the Kirksville Auxiliary. He received his hat circa 1914 as a member of the Atlas Club.

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