Cherie Valentine writes about her family in the circus
Cherie Valentine, of the Department of Politics and Government, published an article titled “The Valentine Family of Flyers of Bloomington, Illinois” in Bandwagon, the journal of the Circus Historical Society. The article, published in Vol. 60 No. 4, highlights the Valentine family’s four brothers and their accomplishments in the circus.
The essay covers three decades — from the 1920s through the 1940s — of the family’s involvement with performance and their family lives. Drawing on family documents, unpublished pictures, and press reports, Valentine penned an elaborate history of the time and the art of circus. The essay is the first of a two-part series.
Cherie Valentine is the Administrative Clerk for the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.