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Circus Historical Society
The Circus Historical Society will hold its 2014 annual convention in Montreal, visiting this capital of circus arts for the first time. Tentatively planned for July, 2014.
Montreal is the home of Cirque du Soleil, the National Circus School and La TOHU, the City of Circus Arts - as well as their new festival, Montreal Circus Arts Festival, A Celebration of Circus Arts. Note: a passport is required to enter and leave Canada.
Call For Papers and Presentations - 2014The Circus Historical Society welcomes proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of the circus and circus history. Papers and presentations can be submitted for publication in the Society's journal, Bandwagon. Interested persons can view recent past conventions and presentations (see links at the bottom of this page).
The Circus Historical Society typically holds its annual convention in a variety of locations that include opportunities to experience present day circuses and, when available, repositiories of circus history. The convention brings together a stimulating variety of individuals who seldom or never meet otherwise, with results that are always interesting and fun. Final arrangements for the 2014 convention are in progress.
Proposals for papers and presentations should include a brief summary, information on the presenter, phone number, and postal and email address of the presenter(s). Presentations can include a variety of media, such as slides, power-point and other visuals. CHS would also like to hear from "first-timers" and individuals with unique views of the circus world.
To submit information on a proposal or request presentation information: CHS Convention or phone Al Stencell, 416-694-4545.
Please forward this information to any individuals you think might be interested.
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 2013