Conservation Updates

Look for these vignettes

posted May 14, 2010, 7:15 AM by MassillonMuseum   [ updated May 14, 2010, 7:18 AM ]

The Immel Circus contains more than 2,600 hand-made pieces.  There are a lot of exciting things to see.  When you visit the Immel Circus next week, keep your eye out for these exciting vignettes: a circus parade, a veterinarian tending to a sick zebra, barkers luring the crowd, a burned wagon being repaired, a boy running to the bathroom, a pet monkey, roadies pounding tent stakes, workers preparing to feed the animals, and the shows themselves.

Finishing Touches

posted May 12, 2010, 7:17 AM by   [ updated May 14, 2010, 7:15 AM by MassillonMuseum ]

The inner parts of the circus have been cleaned. The "grass" has been overturned to make the green color of the sawdust bright again. Today, May 12, 2010 Cristina Savu and volunteer Kelly Eggleston will work on putting some finishing touches on the circus, a final quick dusting of the perimeter pieces and smoothing out the sawdust.
The project is almost complete! The Immel Circus looks brighter then ever, thanks to all the volunteers and interns who have helped.
Come see the unveiling of the restored Immel Circus on Wednesday, May 19th (National Circus Day) during exhibit opening of Sawdust and Spectacle: Under the Big Top In Small Town America at the Massillon Museum 5:00-8:00p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  Enjoy cotton candy, dance performances, clowns, and balloon animals.

More pictures

posted Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 AM by MassillonMuseum

Here are more photographs of our fabulous volunteers cleaning the circus throughout March and April.

Cleaning Update

posted Apr 9, 2010, 11:44 AM by   [ updated Apr 9, 2010, 2:14 PM by MassillonMuseum ]

On Wednesday, a scaffold was set in place to help reach the interior of the circus easier. Below is a picture of Intern, Cristina Savu, on the scaffold cleaning the tent below her.
The horse-drawn carts around the perimeter of the circus are almost complete. The helpful volunteers have done a wonderful job making them look like new again.

First Week of Volunteer Cleaning!

posted Mar 12, 2010, 10:16 AM by MassillonMuseum   [ updated Mar 12, 2010, 10:37 AM by ]

On Wednesday, March 10th, interns Jessica Shoemaker and Kelly Eggleston began cleaning the Immel Circus. Each volunteer will begin by cleaning a horsedrawn cart around the perimeter of the circus. To make the individual pieces look new again, they are using soft, round sable brushes and cotton-tipped applicators. The results in these few days have been incredible.

On Friday, March 12th, volunteers Kara Firestone, Deb Altimus and Bonnie Barton began cleaning their assigned sections. Among the things they notices were minor areas of paint loss and great deal of dust! But, the very satisfying end result of a day's cleaning is a container full of dirty cotton swabs.

This project is off to a great start!

Here are some photographs of Jessica Shoemaker, Kelly Eggleston, Deb Altimus, Kara Firestone, and Cristina Savu cleaning circus wagons.  We've made some exciting progress!

Volunteer Meeting - February 24, 2010

posted Feb 26, 2010, 8:15 AM by   [ updated Feb 26, 2010, 8:37 AM ]

On Wednesday, we held our first volunteer meeting and had a great turnout! Local conservator Larry Sisson spoke to Museum staff and volunteers about how to clean such a complex and wonderful object.
Volunteers consisting of Museum members and interns are enthusiastic about starting the project!

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