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Tales From American HerStory


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Lynn Polke added 2 new photos.

“As a circus showgirl, there were many days the magic in my costumes got me through. This sweet read touches on the importance of every job that went into making it “The Greatest Show on Earth”! Beautifully illustrated too. Thank you, Lisa Gammon Olson,  I will cherish this book.”

Thank you, Lynne Polke for the lovely review!


“A most delightful children’s book arrived at my home today, “SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS” by Lisa Gammon Olson. This story of sewing circus costumes is told by young seamstress, Nora. The combination of vividly detailed circus illustrations woven with Nora’s story of her circus life observations draws the reader in. This book is packed full of quality circus information. “SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS” brings circus life to young and old alike in a most enjoyable way!”

Thank you for the review April! (APRIL IS THE FOURTH COUSIN 6 TIMES REMOVED OF PHINEAS TAYLOR BARNUM!) Wow!! So humbled by your kindness! 

April Anderson Byrem

March 3 at 5:27pm

Chris Berry to Circus Historical Society

“I realize this page isn’t usually used for commercial purposes BUT I have just received the most magnificent children’s book titled SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS by our friend Lisa Gammon. If you have kids or grand kids…or if you just want an excellent new book for your circus library click on the link at the bottom of this post

The story is set in Baraboo Winter Quarters in 1912 and tells the tale of a young girl who sews costumes for the Ringling Circus. It is a great story that the kids will love with amazing illustrations (and mentions of elephants, May Wirth and much more!)

Seriously – don’t let this one slip away from you (or your grandkids!). You can order it direct at

Nice work Lisa!”

The mysterious business of… groundhogs!!

At our school, the PreK kids take weather prediction very seriously!!   All you need for a successful Groundhog day is:

#1 … A Groundhog/dancing Caddyshack Gopher…Check!

#2…Easily amused Preschoolers….Check!

#3….A bit of luck with cloud placement!….Check!

…Who needs Punxsutawney Phil…or Sun Prairie Jimmy?

..We have our own RICHARD the Whistle Pig!



Winter Winds

Last weekend and into the early part of the week, it was in the 50’s! Coffee, a blanket and a small dog were the perfect way to start the morning on the screened porch (all cocooned in plastic wrap…like a solarium)…Wed…winter winds started whipping as the temps started dipping and the windchill yesterday and today…. 4 degrees! Gotta love Wisconsin…or move south!

Personal mission statement


Keep your soul filled with positivity and light, not to keep for yourself, but to share with someone who is lost in their own darkness. Never be too proud to receive a spark from others when you feel your own flame grow dim.

Live for today because tomorrow is not promised!

Bittersweet moments….the perfect fall morning on the screened porch in mid-November….with 2 of my sons and our collective dog family! <3 NOTHING is more important than the ones you love!…Nothing! AND when we realize our family is no different from every other family in every other culture…we would literally save the world…and ourselves in the process. <3 LOVE one another…with all your soul, with all your spirit and with all your might.

The Cheese Song – Book 3 (coming soon)

The two girls watch each other across the crowded train car with intense interest.  One, holds tight to her little brother; and the other, clutches a mysterious basket. An unexpected secret will bind the two girls together, but dare they hope to find an adoptive family that will KEEP them together?

Join Libby & Josie as they journey on one of the infamous orphan trains in 1896 from New York City to the Midwest; looking for that forever family and the American dream.


also…a sneak peek at a work in progress…with who else?  Lauren Rutledge!

         Watch for more on this project as we go along!