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Who Is Barnum to YOU?!  Poet, Artist, Inspiration, Community Treasure: Shanna T. Melton If you’re a follower of the Barnum Museum YouTube program, Who Is Barnum to YOU?!  Welcome back! 

Plans Good and Bad

This week’s blog brings us up to date on several stories from recent weeks, such as the novelties Barnum had shipped from Europe to feature at his American Museum for the holiday season

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Greetings, Everyone! Although it hasn’t been long since we crossed the threshold of the Winter season, in another week or so we’ll start to notice that daylight is staying with us a little longer. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Joe Barney!  Performer Extraordinaire!  Who Is Barnum To YOU?!! Joe Barney, owner of Center Ring Productions, is an award-winning comedy magician, clown, and Santa Claus, who has spread joy and smiles to countless millions of children-of-all-ages for over 50 years!

A Jolly Lot of Brother Showmen

Slipped in among P. T. Barnum’s business and personal letters in his 1845-1846 copybook are some of his lengthy epistles to the Editors of the New York Atlas, for whom Barnum was acting as a foreign correspondent.

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Who is Barnum to YOU? Today we are welcoming longtime Barnum Museum friend and champion, Bruce Hawley! 

Tell Me Plainly What You Think

Once in a while I come across remarks in the letters in P. T. Barnum’s copybook that are quite disconcerting to read, sometimes heart-sinking. 

My Mind is Occupied with Thoughts of Home

As the Christmas holiday is now upon us, it feels most fitting to highlight P. T. Barnum’s letters home to his wife, sister, and daughter. 

Community Engagement Message from the Executive Director

Barnum Museum vs The Greatest Showman!  Fiction vs Fact! The REAL Story Behind the REEL Story!

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