Museum extends hours for summer and brings local additions to circus exhibit

The Wabash County Historical Museum will be extending its hour for the summer months. “We are so proud of our facility,” said executive director Mitch Figert, “and we want to engage as many guests as possible. We’re hoping that extended hours will allow greater accessibility to the museum.”

Beginning May 13, the Wabash County Historical Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. It will remain open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The extended hours will give visitors more opportunities to see “Doug Konkle’s Miniature Circus,” which received some unique local additions. The DeLong Sisters (Augusta, Malvina, and Emily) were an acrobatic team that traveled the world with the Ringling Brothers Circus, performing across the country and around the globe from time they were early teens. They even performed in Germany to great acclaim, with a pre-World War II Hitler in attendance. When they retired from the circus, each of the sisters married and settled in the Wabash County area.

They all lived within 20 miles of each other and remained close for the remainder of their lives. Malvina (known as Mena) and her husband owned Ernie’s Drive-In, a popular destination in Wabash for many years. Malvina’s daughter, Lana Long, has the loaned the museum several artifacts from her mother’s time in the circus, including an acrobatic costume and the leather bit Mena used for an aerialist act, as well as photographs and other memorabilia.

Admission to “Doug Konkle’s Miniature Circus” with the DeLong Sister memorabilia is included in the museum’s general admission.

Call 260-563-9070 for more information about the museum’s hours and special exhibits.

Posted on 2014 May 20