New Exhibit – Under the Big Top: The Circus in Muncie and Indiana


Mills Brother's Circus in MuncieFolks, let’s go to the circus.  Step right up to see “Under the Big Top: the Circus in Muncie and Indiana,” a new exhibit in Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library from July 15 to September 27, 2013. Come see highlights of the many visits to Muncie over the years by various circuses and travelling shows as well as the International Circus Hall of Fame in Peru, Indiana, plus the stops circuses made in other Indiana cities.  You’ll see great individual performers, dazzling acts, spectacular animals, and even the parade of circus wagons!

The exhibit draws heavily from the Fred Graham Circus Research Collection in Archives and Special Collection. The son of the great high wire artist William Graham, who was a member of the renowned circus group nicknamed the “Wirettas,” Frederick H. Graham was a Muncie native, had an architectural firm in Muncie, and wrote several books on local architecture and history, including one book on early circuses in Indiana (Wait for the Muncie Boys, 1994). Graham was a historian of the circus and a collector of circus material, and member of the Circus Historical Society, the Circus World Museum, and the Circus Hall of Fame, which he helped found in Peru, Indiana in 1994.

So, come one, come all to Bracken Library, outside Room BL 210 at Ball State University to go back in time to see the greatest show on earth as it appeared right here in Muncie, Indiana!  For more information on the exhibit, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

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