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Lunch & Learn: Wisconsin’s Great and Hidden Circus History

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Friday, August 23rd
11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Location
Jewish Museum Milwaukee


dsc0801-version-2At the turn of the last century, Wisconsin was home to more than 100 circuses including the great Ringling Brothers, an immigrant family who settled in the small town of Baraboo where their vast circus empire started as a simple one wagon show featuring only one animal, a blind hyena. Join renowned Milwaukee journalist and author Meg Jones to learn how Wisconsin became an epicenter for circuses, how Wisconsin’s worst tornado in terms of loss of life was due in part to the circus and how elephants became the gold standard for circuses, and ultimately the downfall for Ringling Brothers.

Walk-ins Welcome
Museum Members $3 | Non-members $5

Lunch registration is CLOSED. Feel free to bring your own boxed lunch.

*Each Kosher boxed lunch comes with a sandwich (choice of roast beef, turkey, tuna or roasted veggie), chips, seasonal fruit or veggie, dessert and a limited selection of beverages (water, coffee, tea, soda).

About Meg Jones
Meg Jones has been a journalist for more than half her life, working for small daily newspapers in Wisconsin as well as USA Today, where she wrote short blurbs for eight states every day on the “Across the States” page. For the last two decades, Meg has been a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering a wide variety of news including many stories about military and veterans’ issues.

Offered in connection with Chagall’s Le Cirque, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 14 – September 8, 2019.

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