Conrade Hinds – May 22 at 7:00 pm
discussing and signing
Lost Circuses of Ohio
ISBN: 9781467140690, History Press, $21.99
CONTACT: Megan Petrie, 843-853-2070 ext. 192
The nineteenth century was the golden age of the circus in Ohio. Before the Ringling brothers became synonymous with the American circus, Cincinnati’s John Robinson and the Sells brothers of Columbus wowed audiences with stunning equestrian feats and aerial exploits. For good measure, the Sells brothers threw in a sharpshooting show with a young Ohio woman by the name of Annie Oakley. The Walter L. Main Circus of Geneva and a number of smaller shows presented their own unique spectacles with exotic animals and daring acrobats. But for all the fun and games, Ohio’s circus industry was serious business. As competition intensified, advertising wars erupted and acquisitions began. Eventually, Ringling Brothers swallowed many of these circuses one by one, and they dropped out of memory. Author Conrade C. Hinds brings this fascinating piece of Ohio show business back into the spotlight.
Conrade Hinds was born in Nashville and graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he studied architecture and industrial technology. He has lived in Ohio for forty years and previously worked for the Franklin County Engineer’s Office and several architecture firms. A registered architect and a retired projects manager with the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities, he is also a retired adjunct faculty member in the Engineering Technology Department at Columbus State Community College.