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Circus Smirkus holds annual summer camp with new rules

GREENSBORO, Vt. — Ella and Kyle Catanzaro are especially looking forward to this year's Circus Smirkus summer camp. Most of the teenagers' spring consisted of event cancellations and switching to online learning, so they say it'll be nice to get out of the house for five weeks. "We really have nothing planned for the summer," [...]

By |2020-07-24T09:19:24-04:00July 24th, 2020|2020|0 Comments

Milner Library preserves vital history with the digitization of circus route books

With the help of one of the largest grants in the history of Milner Library, more than 300 circus route books have been digitized to preserve the rich history of one of the most important forms of American entertainment. Previously, anyone wishing to access circus route books for research or other purposes would have had to [...]

By |2020-07-24T09:20:12-04:00July 24th, 2020|2020|0 Comments

Sarasota Ringling curators to present at international circus festival

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Ringing Museum is gaining exposure across the globe this week. Two of their curators have been asked to present, virtually, at the Montreal International Circus Festival. “I'm excited for the Ringling to participate in this because the circus community is inherently international so building bridges with colleagues from around [...]

By |2020-07-19T05:59:14-04:00July 19th, 2020|2020|0 Comments

The Ringling receives grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Florida State University’s The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has been awarded a $30,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)  for programming pertaining to Women and the Circus. This is one of 1015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category. SEE FULL STORY HERE

By |2020-06-25T07:38:14-04:00June 25th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on The Ringling receives grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Circus Historical Society Announces Winner of Thayer Prize

Circus Historical Society Announces Winner of Thayer Prize The Circus Historical Society has announced that Chris Berry has won the 2020 Stuart Thayer Prize. The Thayer Prize is named for renowned circus historian Stuart Thayer whose writings on circus history inspired generations of follow on advocates. This year’s prize was awarded for Berry’s article “Greatest [...]

By |2020-05-28T07:11:17-04:00May 24th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Circus Historical Society Announces Winner of Thayer Prize

2021 CHS Convention July 25-28

As previously announced, the Circus Historical Society is not holding a convention in 2020 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.  The 2021 Circus Historical Society annual convention will be held on July 25 – 28, 2021 at the Trumbull Marriott near Bridgeport Connecticut.   Situated about 5 miles from the historic Barnum Museum and [...]

By |2020-05-14T06:21:14-04:00May 14th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on 2021 CHS Convention July 25-28

The show won’t go on: COVID concerns cancel Peru circus for the first time in 61 years

PERU – For the first time ever, there won’t be a circus in the self-proclaimed Circus Capital of the World. The Peru Amateur Circus late Wednesday made the decision to call off performances this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, marking the first time the youth circus has been canceled in its 61-year [...]

By |2020-05-09T06:05:13-04:00May 9th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on The show won’t go on: COVID concerns cancel Peru circus for the first time in 61 years

2020 summer shows at Circus World, Big Top Parade cancelled due to COVID-19

Two of Baraboo’s signature summer draws, live shows at Circus World Museum and the Big Top Parade, have been canceled this year in response to ongoing coronavirus concerns. Museum Director Scott O’Donnell said it’s the first time in more than 60 years that the Water Street grounds won’t feature acrobats, clowns, exotic animals and [...]

By |2020-05-05T04:53:29-04:00May 5th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on 2020 summer shows at Circus World, Big Top Parade cancelled due to COVID-19

The Circus and the Pandemic of 1918

The Circus and the Pandemic of 1918 “One hardly knows where to commence, so many have been the happenings and so unusual the season that it will go down in circus history as the most eventful and surprising….” - Fletcher Smith, The New York Clipper, December 25, 1918 In the summer of 1918 the [...]

By |2020-04-30T06:19:02-04:00April 30th, 2020|2020, Chris Berry|Comments Off on The Circus and the Pandemic of 1918

Trapeze artists soar through crisis

Escondido — As millions of Americans retreat into seclusion under the COVID-19 closures, aerial artists Jeremy and Harmony Chute are sequestered in their own private circus. Each day, their backyard becomes an impromptu aerial act, with circus performers from around the country. The couple lead a flying trapeze troupe for a Japanese circus, [...]

By |2020-04-09T05:02:32-04:00April 9th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Trapeze artists soar through crisis
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