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Presidents Update!

Feb 27

Hello Everyone,

Recent events in the circus business continue to make national headlines. Future historians will surely mark this time as a milestone in the evolution of American circus. I appreciate all of the CHS members who responded to requests for interviews from the press. Your balanced perspective helped educate the public on the tradition and resiliency of an art form that we know will continue to be an important part of our national cultural heritage.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Judy Griffin, who has served as CHS Webmaster for the past 14 years. Her dedication to the site allowed us to reach a broad audience of researchers, historians and fans that might not otherwise have been aware of our organization. Judy stepped down from the post in December and at that time the Board of Trustees elected to begin a major upgrade of the site including improvements to allow us to serve an even greater number of users, provide state of the art options and to prepare for additional changes in the future. Keep an eye on the CHS website for exciting new developments.

You'll notice a change to your dues schedule this year. CHS is transitioning to a program that ties your annual dues to the organization's fiscal year. All members who were current as of the end of 2016 will receive their next dues notice in the autumn of 2017. From that point onward, your annual dues will be tied to the calendar year and you can expect to receive a dues reminder each fall. If you have any questions concerning your dues, contact CHS Treasurer Les Smout.

The Circus Historical Society's 2017 convention will be in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Convention chair Dick Flint promises that your time in the Nation’s Capitol will be filled with unique opportunities to explore circus history. You dont want to miss this one. It will be an ideal time for us to reflect on our role in defining the fascinating era in which we find ourselves today.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington in July.


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