Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
8607 Westwood Center Drive
Vienna, VA 22182
The Ringling organization provides a number of
materials to help teach about the circus. Contact them at the
above address, noting Attention: Education Dept. The Ringling web
is also a must. The site has a great deal of information about
circus history, the Ringling shows, game and quizzes, etc. You can
also leave an e-mail message.
Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus
P.O. Box 127
DeLand, FL 32721-0127
This show provides a teaching unit produced in 1990.
They have been most generous in providing it upon request.
505 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY 10018-6505
In the past, The Big Apple Circus has provided fairly detailed
lesson plans, complete with performance objectives. Check the web
926 Waverly Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Circus of the Kids provides one-, two-, and
three-week programs in which they teach kids circus skills. The
program culminates with a performance of the skills learned. Schools
using these programs are provided with a curriculum guide so
teachers can use the circus theme to teach various
Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 700
Peru, IN 46970
A video on the Circus Hall of Fame is available.
Users pay postage and insurance both ways. Speakers are available
for Indiana schools, which fits nicely with the one semester of
Indiana history required of all high school students in the state.
Other information on Indiana's rich circus history is available from
the Hall of Fame.
426 Water Street
Baraboo, WI 53913
The Circus World Museum is a major depository for
materials related to the circus. Included in its services are a book
loan service with more than 700 circus-themed books; films and
videos including some with historic film footage; serials including
Amusement Business, Bandwagon, Circus Report and The White Tops; and
reference correspondence assistance. They can also provide
photocopy and photographic services. A speakers bureau is available
for those located locally. Ask for a free copy of "Circus Tails"
newsletter. Send a business-size SASE for your copy.
Circus Collection and Museum
San Antonio Public Library
210 West Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
C L O S I N G N E W S
On Friday, October 5, the Hertzberg Circus
Collection and Museum at 210 W. Market Street ceased operation. This
action was necessary because the condition of the building
compromised the condition of both the circus memorabilia and the
book and document archives.
The City will conduct a feasibility study on
creating a San Antonio/Bexar County History Center in that location,
a concept which as the backing of county officials. The Library will
continue to provide security, protect the remaining collections, and
monitor the building's condition. Neither the circus memorabilia nor
the collections will be disposed of or thrown away. The City has
already begun discussions with other San Antonio organizations named
as beneficiaries in Harry Hertzberg's will to ensure responsible and
appropriate placement of the collections.
Items in the book and document archives will be
available on an appointment-only basis for researchers. To make an
appointment, please call (210) 207-2500 and ask for the
Circus Education Specialists
67 Lion Lane
Westbury, NY 11590
We are a professional circus. We are located at 67
Lion Ln in Westbury, NY. We are dedicated to helping you with all
your circus needs. Please give us a call at 516-334-2123 for more
The National Circus Project
67 Lion Lane
Westbury, NY 11590
This project was founded to reserve and promote the
tradiitonal circus arts and skills through education and
entertainment. They do in-service projects for teachers and also
will do programs in schools. For more information, call (516)
215 West 88th Street #12
New York, NY 10024
Using a circus theme, this integrated program extends the circus
into all aspects of the classroom. For more information, contact
Kevin O'Keefe at the above address, or call (212) 679-7575.
Educational Book Distributors
San Mateo, CA 94401
A series of three circus-themed books designed for
grades K-1, but can be used perhaps as high as grade 3. The books,
entitled Let's Be Circus Animals, Let's Be Circus Stars, and Let's
Have a Circus, provide a wide range of activites to interest younger
children. A more recent book by the same company is Put on a Circus.
This book contains fund-raising ideas, teaching units and resources.
The price is $9.95 plus $1.75 postage and handling.
The following are available from THE CIRCUS
FANS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. For information, contact the Education
BIBLIOGRAPHY - This is an annotated
bibliography of contemporary children's books for students, parents
and young adults.
MONOGRAPHS - Five monographs are available.
- Clowns and Clowning
- Aerial Acts
- Circus Ground Acts
- Circus Animal Trainers
- Youth Circus Programs.
These monographs, by Dr. Joseph Rogers, are several
pages long and include a bibliography for each topic. Teachers will
find them informative and can use them in any way they choose.