Additions have been made since the initial shutdown and the site now covers 1830 -> 1880. It will not proceed further until more playdates data has been filled in for the current range and maps upgraded. Get involved.
A new membership programme is being incorporated. Contributors are those who wish to donate data, don't want to be too involved, but would like to follow certain parts of the system and be advised of updates, etc. Researchers are those who want to be more involved and have access to all the internal benefits of the system. This level requires weekly upkeep.
Public viewers will still have complete access to all regular data. Members just get to see the background processes and on-going research.
From Circus Ontario
This site will attempt to list traveling troupes in Ontario which were variously referred to as a circus, exhibition, menagerie, etc.
Terms of reference at present are to include only those troupes travelling throughout Ontario prior to World War I, with concentration on the very early editions.
Aside from attempting to re-create the itinerary of each troupe, we will be posting the pre-performance advertising in each location as well as any post-performance commentaries. These commentaries will include reports of associated thefts, violence, etc which seemed to follow the visits of some of these troupes.
We will make extensive use of categorizing as many details as possible so that site users will be able to track data by as wide a range of possibilities as can be incorporated into the site design.
If you have memorabilia, circus data, advertising literature, or simply want to comment on the site, use the form in the "Contact" section.
As this site is new as of the end of March, 2011, it will be initially closed to the public to facilitate information loading.
The public can see the "Troupe Listings" to track progress. Once sufficient data is loaded, a contact form will be added.