You now have the chance to see an article of clothing President Abraham Lincoln was well known for. Lincoln’s beaver fur stovepipe hat is on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The hat, which Lincoln often used to carry notes and various document, joins a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this month.
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“He had this big tall hat and he had a lot of papers to carry around with him so he would often stick them inside the hat, inside the band, so people called it his traveling office,” said Chris Wills ALPLAM spokesman. “He would just take off the had whenever he need a document, plunge his hand in and find what he was looking for and pull it out and then when he was done fold it right back up and put it back inside the hat.” Also on display is the note bearing Lincoln’s definition of democracy. It was thought to have been carried in the hat at one time. Lincoln’s hat will be on display for about six months when it will be replaced by the Gettysburg Address, also celebrating a 150th anniversary this year.