TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It's Kansas' sesquicentennial and as a treat the library bought in Lecompton Re-enactors. All six feet and four inches of President Abraham Lincoln was present in Topeka, along with Senator James Henry Lane.
From his top hat to his black boots, Abe Lincoln brought history to life. The actor sharing Lincoln’s story says it's his performance and attention to detail that brings Lincoln to life. It’s important for dress, hats, and even facial hair to represent the era in which the character lived. Beyond his look and height, Lincoln’s reputation has transcended the times for this man.
“I try to pass on those qualities to youngsters in the community about the kind of man he was. Now that I've studied and admired him, I emulate him not only in a portrayal basis and in personal life, ” says Troy Strahan.
Another historic actor in the audience today shares why he believes Lincoln has held his popularity through the years and why Kansans connect to him.
“Lincoln was a self-made individual and many Kansans believe in that theory of doing whatever we want to do with only their own fortitude,” said Stephen Germes.
The reenactment of Abraham Lincoln and Senator James Henry Lane, portrayed by Tim Rues, was preceded by the Friends of the Library's annual meeting.