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History of American Circuses, Circus Performers, Owners and Sideshows

Preserving the history of the American circus,
it's people, stories and traditions.

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When patrons go to a circus they come away with visions of performers, spangles, spotlights, and the smell of popcorn, but there is much more to a circus. There are people. People from many backgrounds, nations, religions, and customs. We are a multi-cultural society all working together to put on a circus performance.

Think about the many skills necessary to move a circus. It takes managers, performers, musicians, concessionaires, mechanics, electricians, welders, wardrobe makers, cooks and the list goes on and on.

This web site is intended to be about Circus People, the people that for many generations have made the circus an American tradition. The individuals and families who have devoted their lives to the circus.

On this site we will attempt to introduce you to these people. You will learn about the acts they did, the circuses and sideshows they operated, the triumphs they achieved and the hardships and tragedy they endured.


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Circus News


Voters Reject Bylaw Outlawing Circus

Associated Press May 06, 2015

The show will go on in Dalton (Massachusetts). Town meeting voters in the Berkshire County town on Monday rejected a bylaw that would have ended the decades-long tradition of annual visits by the Kelly Miller Circus, or similar shows featuring exotic animals. The Berkshire Eagle reported that voters rejected the circus ban 184-92. The proposed bylaw stated that ''no living nondomesticated animal shall be displayed for public entertainment or amusement in circuses, carnivals, traveling events, or other similar entities.'' A group called Berkshire Voters for Animals proposed the bylaw. The Dalton Lion's Club has raised tens of thousands of dollars by sponsoring the circus since 1994.

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Worldwide Circus Summit

Worldwide Circus Summit 2015

Join us at the Worldwide Circus Summit to be held in West Springfield, Massachusetts at the Big E Fairgrounds from Tuesday July 14 until Saturday July18, 2015.

Many circus organizations from around the world along with representatives of most of the globe's major circuses will be attending. There will be seminars, workshops, entertainment, conventions and hospitality tents.

The Cole Brothers Circus will be performing on Thursday July 16.

This year's theme will be "Celebrating the Circus … Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow!"

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U.S.P.S Releases Circus Poster Stamps

The United States Postal Service is once again paying tribute to the American Circus.

On May 5, 2014 the new stamps were release at a ceremony held at the The Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota Florida.

Available for a limited time from your local Post Office or online at

United States Postal Service Commemorative Circus Poster Stamps
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