The Circus Historical Society has announced that Chris Berry has won the 2020 Stuart Thayer Prize. The Thayer Prize is named for renowned circus historian Stuart Thayer whose writings on circus history inspired generations of follow on advocates.
This year’s prize was awarded for Berry’s article “Greatest Shows on Earth” that appeared in the Society’s journal, Bandwagon, in late 2019. The piece examined the creation of a second unit of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey under the direction of Irvin Feld. The selection committee praised Berry’s extensive research, lucid writing and the use of fascinating interviews with individuals who were involved in the significant event.
Berry will receive a monetary award and a commemorative plaque. A presentation ceremony, normally held during the Society’s annual convention, has been delayed due to the Covid 19 crisis.