United We Read 2008

Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen


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1.        Collecting Circus Posters Program – also collecting circus memorabilia


2.        Elephants – Contact the Kansas City Zoo for speakers on elephants.


3.        Life in the Circus  http://www.circusweb.com/circuswebFrames.html


4.        Animal Abuse, particularly in the circus – Humane Society




6. Kansas City Public Library has a collection called the Brookings Montgomery Papers.  Brookings Montgomery was a local photographer who maintained a business in Kansas City for many years during the 20th Century.  His collection of photographs purchased by the library provided the major beginnings for the photograph holdings of Missouri Valley Special Collections.


The Brookings Montgomery Photograph Collection that was acquired by the Kansas City Public Library in the late 1960s contained his current office files.  These files were found arranged alphabetically by the name of the person or group who were the senders.  Although most of the contents is correspondence, there are some photocopies of newspaper clippings, brochures, etc.


The majority of the correspondence deals with the following subjects:  circus, rodeo, wild west lore, and cowboys.  Montgomery was affiliated with the Circus Monthly Magazine and was actively collecting pictures on that subject. 


  1. Circus Movie Night and show Cecil B. DeMille's Greatest Show on Earth.


  1. Great Circus Elephants - http://www.circusinamerica.org/public/animals



  1. History of the Circus – John Thiele from the Circus History Society  - 785-266-7663


10. Great Depression Era – Local college history department


11.     Book Discussion – Who was the greatest elephant?  “Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer and “Jumbo the Greatest Elephant in the World” by Paul Chambers


12.    Clown Program



13.    Elephant Art



14.  Aging


15. Circus Music


16.  Abuse in general





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