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Sarasota News Leader December 21, 2012 rty, curators at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Ca��� d���Zan, the Ringlings��� waterfront mansion, respectively. There were seven Ringling brothers, Walk and McCarty explained, but only five were among the original family circus entrepreneurs. They started their business as a song and dance troupe in the early 1880s, following that with their first small circus in 1884. Of the seven brothers, only two had a major impact on Sarasota, McCarty and Walk noted. John���s history is well known by most residents, as a result of the art museum, his palatial home, his development efforts ��� including the first bridge to, and development of, St. Armands and Lido ��� and his travails and economic downfall during the Great Depression. Charles Ringling/Contributed` Ron McCarty, curator of Ca d���Zan, speaks with an audience member after the program. Page 75

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