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Wednesday, October 16 at 12:15 p.m. - The monthly Sneak Peek series continues with Created Characters: Barnum’s Transformation of the Ordinary to the Extraordinary. This month’s lunchtime Sneak Peek program will feature artifacts that support or deny Barnum’s own story. During this informal presentation, The Barnum Museum’s Registrar, Melissa Houston, will explore some of the stories key to our understanding of P.T. Barnum and using the artifacts in the museum’s collection, corroborate or bring to light what really happened. For example, was Albert the elephant really given to the Smithsonian? Did Barnum visit Waterloo with Tom Thumb? Was the Feejee mermaid the only mermaid Barnum ever exhibited? No one was more skilled at weaving a tale of normal life into the grandest adventure than P.T. Barnum. His autobiography is filled with colorful language and descriptions for things as benign as foot warmers in a Puritan church. Join us for a fascinating exploration into how Barnum used imagery in his advance couriers to sell tickets to see a mermaid, advertising language in catalogs to make a rock sound as valuable as the Hope Diamond, and stories so exciting we want them to be true! The “Sneak Peek” program is at noon so bring your lunch and a curious mind.