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The Making of a Miniature Circus

May 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Madison Central Library • Community Room, 3rd Floor • Madison
A Conversation with Circus Model Builder Bill Mattison
Monday, May 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm


Madison Central Library
201 W Mifflin Street Community Room, 3rd Floor
53703 Madison , WI

Join us for a conversation with Madison miniature circus model builder Bill Mattison, who was featured in the winter 2017 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas. Mattison will talk about 1/20th-scale Mattison Brothers Circus, modeled on the Ringling Brothers Circus of the 1920s, that he started building as a child in the 1930s. He’ll also share his experiences as a Barnum & Bailey Circus workman, or roustabout, as a teenager with Madison author and historian Don Sanford. A number of Mattison’s model circus wagons will be on display in cases near the second-floor circulation desk throughout the month of May.

Free and open to the public, this special event at the Madison Public Library is presented with The Bubbler and support from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. 

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