Museum Curator

International Independent Showmens MuseumDoc Rivera

He and his family settled in Gibsonton Florida where he operated a sign and art paint shop that focused primarily on circus and carnival artistry. He was a well known show painter and scenic artist there for more than twenty years during the winter months. He is a member of the Gibsonton Showmans Club and a past Master of his Masonic Lodge ( Desoto 105 F & A.M.) as well as a Shriner.  Doc has painted a series of  oil paintings of the bygone era of the traveling shows of the past. He  has written a book ( The Last Showtrain) soon to be published and works on personal projects such as documenting the carnivals, circuses, showmen, and individuals who carved out their own piece of showmen history. Currently he spends his time documenting  traveling show history at his website: Doc’ s Midway Cookhouse.  He is considered by many to be a knowledgeable carnival and circus historian and was showcased in the acclaimed documentary ‘Gibtown”.

He will be happy to show you around the museum and share stories about the show business he loves so much.

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