Wilkinson Family Collection on The Circus Tent, Inc., PC.5304

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Wilkinson Family Collection on The Circus Tent, Inc., PC.5304

Abstract

The Wilkinson Family Collection on The Circus Tent, Inc., 1966-1987, consists of memorabilia collected by various members of the Wilkinson family (primarily Reverend Hank Wilkinson and his son, Scott) related to the Circus Tent, a Christian ministry, ice cream parlor, and music venue that operated in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, from 1968 to 1988. The collection includes brochures, clippings, scrapbook pages, and material related to the Circus Tent's house band, the New Hermeneutics, including sheet music, set lists, and 8 vinyl LP recordings of folk songs performed by the band.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wilkinson Family Collection on The Circus Tent, Inc.
Call Number
PC.5304
Creator
Wilkinson family
Date
1966-1987
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5304, Wilkinson Family Collection on The Circus Tent, Inc., Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Wilkinson Family Collection on The Circus Tent, Inc., 1966-1987, consists of memorabilia collected by various members of the Wilkinson family (primarily Reverend Hank Wilkinson and his son, Scott) related to the Circus Tent. The collection includes brochures, clippings, scrapbook pages, and material related to the Circus Tent's house band, the New Hermeneutics, including sheet music, set lists, and 8 vinyl LP recordings of folk songs performed by the band. Scrapbook pages primarily include photographs of the New Hermeneutics and Circus Tent volunteers as well as clippings related to the project. Other papers include a 1966 advertisement for a weekly screening of the Christian film , a mockup of the artwork designed for the ice cream parlor menu and service window, an advertisement and order form for the New Hermeneutics' second album, several postcards depicting the Circus Tent's prayer garden, and a program for the Dunes of Dare Garden Club's 1971 flower show.

Arrangement Note

Alphabetical.

Biographical/Historical

The Circus Tent, Inc. was a Christian ministerial enterprise founded by Reverend Hank Wilkinson in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in 1968. Wilkinson aimed to create a nondenominational, family-oriented summer Christian outreach program designed to attract tourists and families who might not otherwise attend a Sunday church service. With this goal in mind, Wilkinson constructed a large circus tent on U.S. Highway 158 (the Bypass) around milepost 8. The site also featured a concrete building that served as an ice cream parlor, where attendees could buy treats like the "Fat Lady Sundae" and the "Fire Eater Special." Adjacent to the tent was a prayer garden created by the Dunes of Dare Garden Club that was nationally recognized for its landscaping.

In addition to serving as a place of fellowship and worship, the Circus Tent was a music venue and home of the house band, the New Hermeneutics, who played popular Christian music and folk songs nightly during the summer months. The project was staffed by approximately 300 volunteers from local church congregations and sponsored by the Dare County Ministerial Association, Town of Kill Devil Hills, and Kiwanis Club of the Outer Banks. It operated until 1988.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Brochures, 1968-1975
Brochures
Clippings, 1970-1972
Clippings
Other Papers, 1966-1971
Other Papers
Scrapbook Pages, 1968-1987
Scrapbook Pages
Sheet Music and Set Lists, circa 1968-1975
Sheet Music and Set Lists
Sound Recordings, circa 1969-1975
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Subject Headings

  • The Circus Tent (Kill Devil Hills, N.C.)
  • New Hermeneutics
  • Church work--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Folk music--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Folk songs--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Music--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Kill Devil Hills (N.C.)--History--20th century
  • Kill Devil Hills (N.C.)--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Scott Wilkinson, August 2018.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, September 2019.