When I was a child, we used to go to movies and sometimes live stage events at the Al. Ringling Theater in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It was an enchanted place with burgandy velvet curtains over the doorways and wall sconces in the hallways with little lampshades and a magnificent painted ceiling. As I recall, it was in excellent condition in those days although I understand it fell into some degree of disrepair in later years. Named for its donor, one of the brothers who founded the famous circus, the theater has recently undergone a total restoration. The world needs all the beauty it can get these days so, although it may not be exactly genealogical, I thought some of the photos belonged here.
If you happen to be in central Wisconsin, check for the guided tour times. It’s worth the money and the time to see, as is Mr. Ringling’s former home a block or so away. It’s unfortunate that most who come to the area are drawn only to the overblown tackiness of a nearby tourist town with its waterslides and copycat entertainments, but that’s the way of things. Just thought I’d put in a word of appreciation for something of more enduring beauty.