Monday, July 15, 2013

The Circus is Coming to Town!



Folks, step right up, step right up to the new Circus exhibit in Archives and Special Collections!!! Indiana has a strong tradition of circuses, especially in the early years of circus popularity.  The heart of this popularity was in an area from Muncie to Peru.  The first circuses came to Indiana in the 1820s—the pioneer years of the state, and many of the big shows headquartered in Peru.  Two circuses, the Hall and Long Circus, and the Ripple Shows, wintered in Muncie.  
Mills Bros. Circus stops in Muncie c. 1957.
From Spurgeon-Greene photo collection. (P40)


This exhibit, drawing heavily from the Fred Graham Circus Research Collection, the Spurgeon-Greene Photographs Collection, the Jerry Joschko Photographs collection, and several others, highlights those many visits to Muncie over the years by various circuses and travelling shows.  The exhibit also depicts the International Circus Hall of Fame in Peru as well as the stops circuses made in other Indiana cities.  You’ll see great individual performers, dazzling acts, spectacular animals, and even the parade of circus wagons! So, come one, come all, to go back in time to see the greatest show on earth as it appeared right here in Muncie, Indiana!  







The exhibit on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library runs from Monday, July 15, 2013 to September 27, 2013, and is open to the public. For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections, libarchives@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.   


Mills Bros. Circus stops in Muncie c. 1957.
From Spurgeon-Greene photo collection. (P40)
Ad for Herbert Brother's Circus
in: "Wait for the Muncie Boys" by Fred Graham
                             

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