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CHS history Bandwagon, magazine.
Complete index, 1940 to current year.
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Many early articles online! News & Views, the CHS Newsletter, information and index. Post questions or information on circuses, performers, staff, etc. here!
Help answer questions here. Visit our Circus History Library!
Information on circuses, staff, performers, acts, equipment.
Online books, route books, couriers.
Over 150 articles online.
Publications: New York Clipper excerpts, Billboard, Circus Scrap Book, Back Yard, Circus Report. Circus history and CHS merchandise available from CHS. Circus and circus-related books, magazines, newspapers, other.
Indexes to White Tops (CFA), Circus Fanfare (Windjammers).
Index to magazine articles, 1912-1972 Major collections in the USA.
State-by-state listing. Photos of shows, acts, wagons, animals. Interviews with and about circuses and circus showmen. Links to websites with early history, circuses, biograpies, museums and organizations.
Circus Historical Society
July 2 -5, Washington, DC
The 2017 annual convention of the Circus Historical Society will be held in Washington DC and coincide with the 50th year of the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival, annually held on the National Mall and this year celebrating the Circus Arts. Our convention will include this country's Fourth of July birthday as well as those of both James A. Bailey (born July 4, 1847) and P.T. Barnum (born July 5, 1810)! We promise you our Greatest Convention on Earth for 2017!
Register Online at the CHS Webpage!
Act Now!! Convention Rooms & Discounted Rate Are Limited
Direct Link to the Convention Hotel!!
More Tents! More Performers! More History! More Fun!
Than All Other Combined Circus Conventions on Earth!
The CHS convention encompasses circus history, the purpose of the organization; fellowship, the social contacts that make life worthwhile; and relaxation, a break in the daily routine, travel to different part of the county and just plain amusement and entertainment. People of all walks of life and from all sections of the country come together with a common purpose - the circus.
CHS members and other interested people gather annually at a different location in North America to hold a convention and share a common purpose, circus history. Papers are given, visual media are presented, live demonstrations are displayed, information on circus history and lore is exchanged, current circus executives set forth their views and challenges, friendships are renewed and new ones made - all in the interest of the preservation of circus history. The sessions represent the culmination the circus research and writings of CHS members and others to further our knowledge of the circus past and present. Even if your particular interest is unique, you will find an audience when you discuss it.
Last modified 2015