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History Sandwiched In: A Gigantic Galaxy of Gorgeous Graphic Depictions - A History of the American Circus Poster

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

12:15-1 pm

Enlargecircus poster from Circus World Collections

Poster from the Gollmar Bros. Circus

The Gollmar Bros. Circus of Baraboo, Wisconsin (1891-1916); first cousins of the Ringling brothers, who owned and operated a medium sized circus.

Join Pete Shrake, Archivist at Wisconsin Historical Society's Circus World Museum, as he explores the colorful and extravagant history of the American circus poster. Trace the development of this unique form of advertising from the early 19th century to the present day. Witness the labor intensive artistic process required to create these astounding works of art. Marvel at the lengths the circus advertising men went to use these posters to announce the coming of a show the likes of which no one had ever seen before! 

Next Event in the Series

The next event in the series will take place Tuesday, April 2.


Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N Carroll St
Madison, WI 53703

Location Information

Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store ― located on Madison's Capitol Square

Accessibility Information

The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.