Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Circus World Museum

Read More About It

"Tales from the Fox" by Bob Dewel

"The Circus: Wisconsin's Unique Heritage" by Richard Conover

"Circus World Museum Where Circus History Comes to Life" by John McConnell (video-recording)



Interesting Fact:

The museum has more than 200 circus wagons, the largest collection of its kind anywhere in the world.

Study Questions:

  • Why was Baraboo chosen as the site of the museum?
  • What is the annual attendance at the museum for the past five years?
  • What are some of the special collections at the museum?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Circus World Museum:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 1:

    1863: The three-day Battle of Gettysburg begins during the Civil War.

  • July 1

    July 1, 1959: Circus World Museum opened in Baraboo, located on the 33-acre site that served as the winter quarters for the Ringling Brothers Circus.

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