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Circus Historical Society
July 14 - 18, Springfield, Massachusetts
Join us at the 2015 CHS Convention in Springfield, MA July 15-18, 2015! We will be a part of the largest single gathering of circus related groups and organizations that has ever been held. The World Wide Circus Summit will be held at the “Big E” and our convention hotel is the Springfield Sheraton. The opening ceremony and events will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 so plan on arriving on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. We plan on completing our convention on Saturday, July 18, 2015, however the Worldwide Circus Summit (WCS 2015) will formally end on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
In addition to the full schedule of WSC events ( worldwidecircussummit2015.com ) at the "Big E" that include programs, circuses and other organizations from around the world, we will have a morning devoted to historical presentations, a luncheon that will include the announcement of the 2015 Thayer Prize, and our auction. As always, there will be opportunities to spend time with other CHS members to catch up on friendships, to talk circus history and to divide some wonderful jackpots.
To comply with WCS 2015 requirements and obtain the lowest price of $65.00 for the 2015 Convention, it is necessary to register prior to February 28th since the fee is on a sliding scale ending at $120 for those who need to make plans at the last minute. In order to register two steps are necessary, either may be done first.
Go to: worldwidecircussummit2015.com to register for the WCS 2015 and our convention. Be sure to mark the CHS Luncheon Banquet to attend our Friday morning presentation sessions!
Step two is to obtain your hotel room. The Sheraton Hotel is rated by Trip Advisor as the #4 hotel in Springfield, it is right downtown within walking distance of restaurants and other attractions, and is only 1 1/2 miles from “The Big E (Eastern States Exposition)”. Included in our rate of $125 ($8 additional for each additional adult/child) are the following amenities: A full buffet breakfast of Country Style Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage, Signature Breakfast Potatoes, Fresh Fruit & Berries, NY Style Bagels & Cream Cheese, Breakfast Breads & Muffins, Assorted Cereals with Milk, Starbucks Coffee, Assorted Teas, Florida Orange Juice, and Cranberry Juice. Free Covered Parking, Wi-Fi is included. The Sheraton is across the street from the Connecticut River and has on site a restaurant, gift shop and pub, as well as a health club, steam room, sauna and a heated indoor swimming pool. Do not miss out; book your room today! To register use this web site which will take you to the special CHS rate: Special CHS hotel rate
Our group rate of $125 (1 person) or $133 (2 people) expires June 23, 2015. The group rate includes breakfast, parking, and internet. The Sheraton number is 1-800-426-9004 (toll free to the Hotel), or 413-781-1010 (direct to the hotel). Be sure to ask for the CHS rate.
We look forward to another fabulous convention. See you in Springfield, MA!!!
The CHS convention encompasses circus history, the purpose of the organization; fellowship, the social contacts that make life worthwhile; and relaxation, a break in the daily routine, travel to different part of the county and just plain amusement and entertainment. People of all walks of life and from all sections of the country come together with a common purpose - the circus.
CHS members and other interested people gather annually at a different location in North America to hold a convention and share a common purpose, circus history. Papers are given, visual media are presented, live demonstrations are displayed, information on circus history and lore is exchanged, current circus executives set forth their views and challenges, friendships are renewed and new ones made - all in the interest of the preservation of circus history. The sessions represent the culmination the circus research and writings of CHS members and others to further our knowledge of the circus past and present. Even if your particular interest is unique, you will find an audience when you discuss it.
Last modified 2015