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Friday, June 25, 2010

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A cache of circus posters was found still plastered to the wooden exterior wall of a Colchester home, preserved under siding for more than a century.
When the circus came to town: Shelburne Museum exhibit celebrates Circus Day
By Susan Green, Free Press Correspondent • Thursday, June 24, 2010
The circus billboards have come down,” reported the Daily Free Press & Times a day after the Great Forepaugh Show appeared in Burlington on July 26, 1883.
Well, apparently not all of them came down. Some 108 years later, a cache of posters was found still plastered to the wooden exterior wall of a Colchester home, preserved under siding for more than a century.
Residents doing a renovation in 1991 donated these artifacts to the Shelburne Museum, where they recently have been restored as part of a current exhibition: Circus Day in America, a comprehensive — and visually magnificent — chronicle of the history of this art form.
“There was once a now-extinct holiday called Circus Day,” says Kory Rogers, the museum’s associate curator. “Schools closed. Mill workers were given time off. It was a big deal when circuses stopped in these little towns across the country.”
Read more: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20100624/ENT02/100623016/1005/ENT/When-the-circus-came-to-town-Shelburne-Museum-exhibit-celebrates-Circus-Day#ixzz0rroZf4ZJ


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