Top Hat

Top Hat, worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assasinated at Ford's Theatre, April 1865. (Photo by Richard Strauss / October 16, 2012)

Lincoln is the quintessential badass American president. He abolished slavery. He promoted economic modernization. He wore an awesome top hat that you can still see at the Smithsonian (see photo). And 147 years after his untimely and well-documented death at Ford's Theatre, he still enjoys a great deal of popularity. A couple weeks back we told you about the Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and History Center containing some Lincoln-signed documents (through Feb. 24). And then there was an auction of historic American artifacts at Rockwell Art & Framing in Westport earlier this month that included the chair Lincoln was seated in when he signed his nomination for the presidency. This Saturday afternoon, the Ferguson Library in Stamford brings Lincoln back to life with actor Larry Schneider taking on the 16th president's persona and clothing for a talk and an in-character Q&A.


Ferguson Library, Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad sts., Stamford. Sat., Oct. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. (203) 351-8231,