Hucksters, Barkers, and Sideshows

Lawrence Percolator

The Lawrence Percolator is proud to present “Hucksters, Barkers, and Sideshows,” a presentation and discussion by Erika Nelson. This presentation is free and open to the public.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businessmen, eccentrics, and entrepreneurs took their work to the smallest communities across Kansas to sell entertainment and cures. Nelson will discuss snake-oil salesmen, the carnival culture of Kinsley (Midway, USA), and the infamous “goat gland doctor,” John R. Brinkley of Milford, among others.

Erika Nelson is an independent artist, educator, and director of the World's Largest Things, Inc. Her research interests include roadside attractions and outsider art environments. She explores the back roads of the United States in search of the odd and unique in her mobile museum, the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things.

“Hucksters, Barkers, and Sideshows” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.


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