Hucksters, Barkers, and Sideshows

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February 8, 2014, 2:00 PM CT

Presented by Erika Nelson

See! and Hear! how the hucksters, barkers, and sideshow workers of Kansas plied their craft. This talk explores the businessmen, eccentrics, and entrepreneurs who took their work to the smallest communities across the country with transient show-based setups, selling entertainment, promise, and miracle cures and shaping how we hype, advertise, and "turn the tip." From the carnival and sideshow culture of Kinsley (Midway, USA) to the infamous "goat gland doctor" John R. Brinkley of Milford, you'll be Amazed! and Awed! at their inventiveness and chutzpah.

Boot Hill Museum
500 W Wyatt Earp Blvd
Dodge City, KS 67801-4350
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Sponsored by: Boot Hill Museum

For more information about this event, please contact:
Karen Pankratz
(620) 227-8188