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Circus Historical Society
July 14 - 18, Springfield, Massachusetts
Do not miss the 2015 CHS Convention with the Worldwide Circus Summit! The 2015 annual Circus Historical Convention will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Worldwide Circus Summit (WSC) from July 14 – 18, 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.
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 Hotel Address and Phone Number: One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144, (413) 781-1010
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 2014