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Item of the Month: June 2010

Published: June 15, 2010 by Jill Wharton

"Collections of Curiosities": Exhibitions of Circus History in Vermont

The Circus Day in America exhibit currently at the Shelburne Museum (May 16-Oct 24) emphasizes the cultural significance and the enduring fascination of the traveling circus presented to rural New England communities from the 1870s through the mid 20th century.

Our Louis L. McAllister collection complements this history with compelling images that capture both the humanity and exoticism of the circus performers who enlivened Northern Vermont summers during this era.

Browse the "Circus Performers" portraits or view early images of the Shelburne Museum in our McAllister collection here.


Balancing Barbells, McAllister Photographs