Saturday, October 19
Starts at 8:00 AM
This year’s annual conference will be themed “Under the Big Top” because of the Bloomington- Normal’s history with circuses, dating to the 1870’s when a couple of barns and local YWCA served as practice sites for aerial performers.
Speakers representing the Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus will discuss its history and share their stories of circus in the area. Over two days, many other presenters will discuss the Mother Road, past , present and future .
Thursday October 17
12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Registration/Check In at Ryburn Place 305 Pine Street in Normal
1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. Bloomington-Normal Route 66/Circus Tour - Depart from Pine Street
7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Traditional Hot Dog Roast at Ryburn Place
Friday October 18
8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions will convene at Uptown Station 4th Floor (Check -In)
7:00-9:00 p.m. CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: Featuring author Candacy Taylor will be held at ISU Alumni Center
Candacy Taylor, author of the forthcoming book about the Negro Motorist Green Book published from 1930s to the 60s. Held at ISU Alumni Center , This presentation will be free and open to the public.
Saturday October 19
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions reconvene at Uptown Station, Normal 4th floor
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Eagles Club /Gamma Phi Circus Performance and band “Third Street Down”