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Maureen at the Big E

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Maureen Brunsdale, Special Collections Librarian at Illinois State University, enjoys the Big E parade. Photo courtesy of Maureen Brunsdale.

Posted by Maureen Brunsdale @ 10/5/2011 9:45:58 AM


Solemn Moment

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Struppi Hanneford pauses at the 1944 cookhouse flag of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The flag, part of the "Circus Around the Clock" exhibit at the Big E, was on loan from the Special Collections Department of the Milner Library, Illinois State University. The 1944 season was the occasion of the July 6 fire in Hartford, CT. Photo by Maureen Brunsdale, Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian at the University.

Posted by Maureen Brunsdale @ 10/5/2011 9:39:14 AM


Big E Performers

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Big E circus performers gather for a photo with the Exposition's President and CEO, Wayne McCary. Photo by Maureen Brunsdale of the Milner Library, Illinois State University.

Posted by Maureen Brunsdale @ 10/5/2011 9:36:55 AM


Star Power

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Bello Nock rejoices at his place on the Big E Walkway of Circus Stars last month. Photo by Maureen Brunsdale of the Special Collections, Milner Library, Illinois State University. The library has large holdings of circus archives and is a popular destination for scholars.

Posted by Maureen Brunsdale @ 10/5/2011 9:34:22 AM


Circus Papers Invited for Popular Culture Conference 2012

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The Forty-second Annual Convention of The Popular Culture Association & The American Culture Association will take place April 11-14, 2012,
in Boston, MA.

(after Passover and Easter)

This will be the sixteenth meeting of the Popular Culture Association Circuses and Circus Culture interest group. We invite papers that explore the past and present of circus as art, craft and a unique form of popular culture. Circus, a continuously evolving tradition of live entertainment, lends itself to scholarship from many perspectives.

Some previous papers:

Bolossy Kiralfy’s Specs for Barnum & Bailey

Dan Rice, 19th Century Circus, Twentieth Century Myth
Fools and Horses: The Humour of the Victorian Clown
West Meets East: The Western Impact on Traditional Chinese Circus

The Savage East in the Wild West: Buffalo Bill’s Reenactment of the Boxer Uprising

Peace through Pyramids: Circus Beyond the Ring

Our panels have been diverse and fascinating. We invite you to join us. Send a fifty word abstract of your paper by December 15, 2011, to PCA Circuses and Circus Culture Chair:

Robert Sugarman

P.O. Box 407

Shaftsbury, VT 05262

Phone: (802) 447-7179

FAX: (802) 447-2611


Note: Only one paper may be submitted to the Conference.

Pictured from the 2011 conference in San Antonio are Dr. Janet Davis and Robert and Sally Sugarman.

Posted by Mort Gamble @ 10/5/2011 9:09:06 AM

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