I've long found P.T. Barnum to be a subject of great interest. I've had plans in the back of my mind to travel down to Bridgeport, CT to visit the Barnum Museum. But, as my mother used to say, "the best laid plans of mice and men do oft go awry." This weekend, though, I stumbled upon a virtual museum that will have to do until I get to the real thing.
It's called The Lost Museum, and it is highly interactive, so plan on spending a little time in front of the computer screen!
My interest in Barnum took an unexpected detour once when I was visiting the Manchester Historic Association's museum (before it moved to its new location--that's how long ago it was) and found that one of the little people that Barnum exhibited was Commodore Nutt, and, he was born in Manchester. I spent many an hour researching George Washington Morrison Nutt in the hopes that someday I would do something with the information I had gathered. But as my mother used to say...
Here's a brief obituary of the Commodore from the New York Times dated May 26, 1881.
We don't have a biography of Commodore Nutt in our collection, but we do have several on P.T. Barnum, including one by A.H. Saxon called P.T. Barnum: The Legend and the Man [B BAR].
To get a taste of the attractions that you may have seen in Barnum's museum or circus, look for either one of these titles:
Jay, Ricky. Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women. [791 JAY]
Sloan, Mark. Wild, Weird, and Wonderful: The American Circus 1901-1927 As Seen by F.W. Glasier, Photographer. [791.3 SLO]