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Why Join the Circus Historical Society?

The Circus Historical Society (CHS) is an organization that is as eclectic as the circus itself! Members include historians, enthusiasts, and show people from all over the world. Whether you are a "First of May" or a seasoned trouper, you will find your group within the CHS!

Learn more about us:

Read the history of the Circus Historical Society

Watch recordings from our previous Circus History Live! events

Download the new CHS brochure.pdf

Visit our Facebook Page

Membership benefits include:

  • 4 issues of Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society. This full-color journal showcases articles by specialists and experts from a variety of areas of circus history and provides peeks into the premier library, museum, and private circus collections in the world.
  • Access to online, scanned copies of Bandwagon going back to Volume 1 published in 1940.
  • Entry to the Back Yard, the members-only section of the CHS website, where you can participate in discussions on the forums, find others with similar interests, purchase used copies of circus books and programs in our online Bookstore, or update your member information.
  • Opportunities to meet collectors and sellers of circus artifacts and ephemera to share information and expand or start your own collection.
  • Participation in the Annual Convention at locations with access to sites of importance to circus history.

How do I join?  If I am already a member, can I give a CHS membership to someone else, and can I renew my membership by mail?

You can join or give a membership either by mail or online.

If you want to join or give a membership by mail, simply download and complete an Application for Membership and mail the application and your check to the address on the form.  If you want to renew by mail, download and complete a Membership Renewal Form.

If you want to join online, start by selecting one of the following Membership levels below and follow the instructions. If you are already a CHS member and want to give a membership to someone else, simply log on to the CHS Back Yard (members-only) section and purchase A Gift Membership to CHS! in the Bookstore

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