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An original lithographed poster and photographs depicting how the circus moved on rails in the first part of the 20th Century. From the exhibit "All Aboard the Circus Train" at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO. (Shown here in the spring of 2013.)

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An opulent, 1/3- scale, hand-carved replica of a turn-of-the-century calliope wagon stands majestically amidst a handsome display of original lithographed posters. From the exhibit "Reckless Beauty and Mounting Laughter" at the Guldner Gallery, at the Main Library, in downtown Kansas City, MO. (Shown here in the summer of 2011.)

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A fanciful assortment of artifacts, photographs, and posters dating back to the late 1800's. From the exhibit "Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965" at the John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, TX. (Shown here in the spring of 2013.)

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Exhibits and Programs


Year after year, significant portions of the TEGGE CIRCUS ARCHIVES are being featured in numerous museum exhibitions, gallery displays, television productions, and publications across the U.S., Canada, and even abroad. In addition, Timothy Noel Tegge, an internationally acclaimed showman as well as a respected authority on the circus and its history, has given numerous presentations on many different aspects of the subject. A few specific topics include, but are not limited to:


  • A historic overview of the circus in America.

  • The art of circus posters and advertising.  

  • Circus as seen through Hollywood and the motion picture industry.

  • Clowns and the art of clowning.

  • Transporting the circus on roadways and rails.

  • Sideshows and after-shows. 

  • Wild west shows. 


An extensive variety of programs and services are available to museums, galleries, historical institutions, libraries, authors, researchers, etc. The TEGGE CIRCUS ARCHIVES staff is also available to help coordinate and produce live performances, corporate events, gatherings, and presentations for purposes of temporary public exhibition and continuing education.