1904 World's Fair Society

Brief History of The Worlds Fair Society

Preserving the Memory and Memoribilia for The Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
Louisiana Purchase Exposition

In April 1986, a handful of people got together, under the leadership of founder Max Storm, to discuss the formation of a society with a mission dedicated to “preserving the memory and memorabilia of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition”. On April 30, the 82nd anniversary of the opening day of the Fair, we held our first official membership meeting. We started small, but we were a determined bunch … now our membership has grown to over 300. We are a diverse group of people that meet every month in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of us collect memorabilia … some of us are interested in digging up the facts and setting the record straight … some of us are interested in finding the bits and pieces of the fair that still exist … some of us have family connections to the fair … and some of us just find it interesting. The Society has published a video documentary of Fair attendees, printed a book, discovered and purchased the masterworks to the 1904 Fair’s Floral Clock (which is currently on display at the Missouri History Museum), produced several post cards, minted a commemorative silver medal for the Fair’s centennial, and made a large donation to the renovation of the St. Louis Zoo’s Bird Cage, originally built for the 1904 World’s Fair. Members receive the monthly mailing of the newsletter, “The World’s Fair Bulletin”. A sample of several pages of the The World’s Fair Bulletin” bulletin can be seen by clicking on the link “The Worlds Fair Bulletin” . Each issue contains articles of World’s Fair interest and information on upcoming meetings and events. Members are encouraged to send letters, questions, and articles related to the Fair. Please consider joining the Society. Our monthly meetings feature programs covering a wide range of Fair-related topics, such as music, food, fashions, exhibits, memorabilia displays, and even 3-D slide shows. Visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Every December 1st, we have a formal Closing Day Observance Banquet to commemorate the closing day of the Fair. In 1904, St. Louis recognized the importance of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty to the history of the United States by inviting the country and the world to participate in the “greatest of expositions”. The 1904 World’s Fair Society wants to keep the memories alive. We hope you explore the various links provided herein and explore the wonders of the 1904 World’s Fair.


Upcoming events - all are welcome
August 18, 2019
  • St. Louis World's FARE

    August 16, 2019 - August 18, 2019 @ 

    The Society will be an event partner in the sixth annual St. Louis World’s Fare in Forest Park, from the World’s Fair pavilion at the top of the hill, down Government Hill. We will staff our booth with Society merchandise, WF memorabilia, and provide the historical perspective of the World’s Fair, which will include many local restaurants, music and bands, dance performances, sporting events and competitions, art exhibits, and a children’s activity area.
    This is a great way to learn more about the World's Fair, get to know other Society members, and share your knowledge with other people…and enjoy the food!

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August 19, 2019
  • Thomas Jefferson, American Visionary and Statesman

    August 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    St Louis Public Library (Schlafly Branch), 225 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA

    Thomas Jefferson had an enormous influence on the early history of the United States: as a statesman, founding father, President, architect, and educator. He embodied the American spirit, and envisioned a democracy committed to and reliant on an educated public. Following his Presidency, he founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, which our presenter, Veronica Merril, attends. She will draw parallels between Jefferson’s pioneering design of UVA's grounds to his Monticello home, and provide background about the Louisiana Purchase, which was celebrated at the 1904 World’s Fair. Her specialization in architectural history allows for a unique perspective, speaking to the way that the architecture of Jefferson's University is a physical iteration of his visionary ideals for the United States. She plans to provide a wholistic understanding of Jefferson as a statesman, architect, and founding father, while also providing insight into his personal life.
    Veronica Merril is pursuing a double major in both Architectural History and Music at UVA. She is concentrating in Historic Preservation as a part of her degree program. Ms. Merril is a member of the “Thomas Jefferson Society of Architectural Historians" and has recently been named a Miller Arts Scholar. Her studies include specializations in the history of Virginia and American History. She also gives tours of the University, Jefferson’s 'Lawn and Academical Village,' to prospective students and visiting historians.

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September 11, 2019
  • Math and the Fair

    September 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130, USA

    Presented by Dr. Kim Granger. The Math of the 1904 World's Fair presentation will walk you through some of the numbers of the Fair that might surprise you. Don't worry, you will not be called on to "do the math", but you are sure to find some of the numbers and math calculations of the fair to be intriguing. Be sure to bring your cell phone or tablet so that you can participate in the Math Quiz and test your knowledge of various numerical Fair Facts.
    Dr. Kim Granger is a professor of mathematics at the St. Louis Community College in Wildwood and is a World's Fair Enthusiast who enjoys sharing her love of numbers with audiences of all ages.

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October 7, 2019
  • Show and Tell

    October 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

    Our annual "members meeting" brings out wonderful stories and artifacts from the Fair, as many members bring some of their favorite Fair treasures to show and share. Come and learn about the incredible number of souvenir items that were produced for the best Fair ever! Members can bring up to 3 items, and spend a few minutes telling us about their treasures.
    Also, MHS members and other guests and attendees can not only bring a WF memorabilia item to show and share, they may talk with Society members about their memorabilia,
    Every year there's something new or unusual we’ve not seen before… interesting stories, too. Look through your collection, and bring an item or two to share.

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