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Step Right Up circus exhibit brings nostalgia to East Texas

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

It was all fun and games at Thursday’s grand opening of the Circus Big Top Exhibit at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot.

The exhibit that dates back to the gilded age was put on loan by the Tegge Circus Archives and has over 50 unique and quality pieces on display from old schools photos, to classic posters, to dramatic ring leader and performer costumes.

Student museum worker Katherine Jackson said Tegge started out as performer and he developed a love for his art.

“He was a clown, a magician, a ring master for most of his career he collected circus memorabilia props paraphernalia, propaganda just about anything he could and he put it together into the archives.” Jackson said.

People turned out for the big unveiling to scope out the fun and fascinating pieces that dated as far back as 1890.

“A lot of older folks who have visited us they go back to that time when they saw the circus for the first time when a lot of these circuses were still traveling around by train and the elephants helped them put up the tents when it was still in those circus heydays let’s say.” Jackson said.

There was also a lot or carnival like fun for kids as well with free circus related treats and a lot of active games for everyone who could win prizes.

Assistant historic sights manager Jessica Sowell said that this is just a special experience for circus lovers.

“How many museums do you go to where you get cotton candy, you play circus games, you know museums are fun and exciting but also how things like the circus you wouldn’t think would relate to a historic building but they very much do.” Sowell said.

The exhibit is opened Tuesday through Saturday October 20th from noon to 4. There will also be a family day on October 8th complete with story time, and other family fun activities.

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