Group wants DNA test for Abraham Lincoln museum's hat
February 18, 2013 (WLS) -- Illinois State Police may be enlisted to find out if a stovepipe hat donated to a museum really belonged to Abraham Lincoln.
A farmer reportedly got the hat from the then-future president back in 1858. That man's descendants donated it to Lincoln's memorial library.
A historic panel now wants a DNA test by Illinois police to prove the item's authenticity.
The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the possible error.
The library curator says testing the fragile hat could damage it when there is no compelling reason for it.
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