The Family Circus

The Family Circus
The Family Circus

My object is a family circus photograph. When the immigration object project was announced, I didn’t know what to write about. So I asked my mom and she told me that we had something related to it. According to my mom, my great-grandparents owned a circus in the early 20th century. My grandmother still has this photo because it reminds her of her family. She has not passed it down to my mom for the same reason, it reminds her of her family and she does not want to let it go. The photograph was taken so that people could remember the circus.   
The photograph above shows The Zeidman and Pollie Family Circus. Zeidman was my grandmother's last name. My family's circus originated in Uman, Ukraine. This photograph was taken in Nitro, West Virginia where the circus stayed during the winter season. My family started a circus when they came to America.  Some of my family members were performers and some were managers. 
My great grandparents immigrated from Ukraine to America to start a new circus company.  It became a tradition or a way of life for them.  They became successful.  However, my grandparents did not continue with the same tradition.  The circus was active in the early 20th century.  I do want to know, however, what kind of things my family in those days did in the circus, some were performers and others were managers. If we had not done the immigration project then I would have never known about the circus because I would have never asked my grandmother. 

Place(s): Ukraine
Year: 1900

– MA

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant