Thursday, October 26, 2023

Times: Begins at 6:00 pm

Cost: FREE for Old Sturbridge Village and Coggeshall Farm Museum members. Must be a member to join the live webinar.

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What images come to mind when you think of the circus?  Elephants and lion-tamers?  A “big-top” tent? Clowns?  Trapeze acts?  Human “freak” shows?  Showman P.T. Barnum and “The Greatest Show on Earth?”  Join Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts, Tom Kelleher, as he illustrates the history of the circus and looks at how ancient Roman chariot races in huge stone amphitheaters evolved into scores of competing troupes of performers travelling across early America.

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Photo credit: National Aegis Wednesday, July 16 and 23, 1817 Worcester, MA vol XVI issue 808 page 3 American Antiquarian Society

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