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IHS Offers Free Admission for 14th Annual Circus Day

March 17, 2015

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will celebrate its popular 14th Annual Circus Day by offering free admission to the event, as well as the Indiana Experience, on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Headlining the entertainment will be the Hampel Family Circus, whose acts will include the Old Time Freak Show and Professor Presto Magic Show. The day will also include live animal shows from Amazing World of Animals, clowns, magicians and jugglers. Guests can also step into several circus scenes for fun photo opportunities, and kids karaoke will be offered in the afternoon.

Guests can purchase tickets to enjoy face painting, balloon sculptures, crafts and carnival games with prizes. The Stardust Terrace Café, operated by Hoaglin To Go, will provide kid-friendly meal options, and snacks will also be available for purchase.

Guests are also invited to take full advantage of free admission by visiting the IHS’s Indiana Experience, which uses interactive and high technology experiences to bring to lifethe tremendous archival holdings of the IHS, including 1.7 million photographs, in meaningful and enjoyable ways. New offerings include You Are There: That Ayres Look, which celebrates the fashion, business and innovations of the department store that held the hearts of Hoosiers for more than a century.

Circus Day is presented by Weaver Popcorn Co. Free admission for Circus Day is made possible by Citizens Energy Group. For more information about Circus Day, the Indiana Experience, or other IHS programs and events, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

About Indiana’s Circus Connections

Indiana’s connection to the circus industry dates back to the late 1800s, when businessmen from a number of Indiana cities assembled traveling “mud shows” featuring exotic animals, performers, clowns and human oddities. 

By the early 1900s, the circus industry had grown—becoming the most popular form of entertainment in the United States. A number of the nation’s premier shows set up winter quarters in Indiana, establishing a lasting link between the circus and the Hoosier state. Today, Peru, Ind., is home to the world’s largest amateur circus and the International Circus Hall of Fame.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Operating hours for the History Center, including the William Henry Smith Memorial Library and the Indiana Experience, are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.