- Aug 7, 2018
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The Hadi Shrine Circus in Evansville have confirmed that the performance in Hopkinsville would have come under the jurisdiction of the Rizpah Shrine Circus in Madisonville.The Shriners group that historically brought a circus to the Madisonville / Hopkinsville area is the Hadi Shrine in Evansville. There's now an Al Menah shrine in Madisonville, but it wasn't founded until 2004.
We need to determine which circus was appearing as the Shrine Circus in Hopkinsville in August 1955....
Now there's a sentence I never thought I would write.
I have just been in contact with them, regarding a request about my research into family ancestry and started off by asking if a program for the 18-20 August, 1955 performances might be available.
If so and no monkeys, then end of quest.
If there were, which I believe we all now anticipate was typical of the times, then I shall raise the subject matter delicately.
How exactly do you approach this though...
"Did you lose any monkeys for a short time on the way back from Hopkinsville"?
"Is there a chance they were either mistaken for aliens or goblins"?
They are just going to think I am an absolute idiot.
Should there be an afterlife, I can imagine Charles Fort having a right good chuckle at all this. - 'Stick with it though and lest forget, frogs do fall from the sky'.