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
April 30, 2020
  • Opening Day

    April 30, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    THE HEIGHTS, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117, USA

    HollyChildress and Mike Truax, officers in the 1904 WF Society, will tell about thePike, one of the major features of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  Many Society members and St. Louisans know alittle about The Pike, but most don’t know a lot. 

    Did you know that the mile-long Pike (witha few other “off-Pike concessions") had over 50 attractions?  There was entertainment (with actual andsimulated rides), historical and scientific exhibits, a large animal exhibit, awild west show and arena, a Boer War battle re-enactment, concessions fromforeign lands featuring their native food, theaters, and stores, and (ofcourse) the giant Observation (Ferris) Wheel.

    Learn all about the Pike as you are takenon a visit to the Fair, related through the experiences of a typical 1904family as they take "A Trip to the Pike".

    Refreshments will be served at our annualcelebration of the 1904 World’s Fair Society's Birthday and the Opening Day ofthe 1904 World’s Fair.

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May 20, 2020
  • 1904 Olympics: Stories and Trivia

    May 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Cameron Collins came to St. Louis over 20years ago, and quickly became a big fan of St. Louis history. Volunteering at the Campbell house, and digging deep, he discovered unique andunusual tales, landmarks, and monuments in St. Louis that rival America'soldest and largest cities.  He has authored two books about St. Louishistory.  As he gathered his information,he started a blog (website), and documented some of his stories at www.distilledhistory.com.  He"spices up" his stories telling about his other hobby, searching forthe perfect Manhattan (cocktail).

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June 6, 2020
  • Annual Picnic

    June 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    TheSociety will celebrate summertime with our annual picnic.  The Society will provide hot dogs, iced teaand ice cream, and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert toshare. 

    At this year’s picnic, we’ll feature agreat group game, and have a “World’s Fair Memorabilia Auction”.  Members can bring a few Fair items to beauctioned (a minimum price can be set). And, we will also auction a few items from the Von Dunn collection of1904 Fair memorabilia, which was donated to the Society in 2013.  Some items will be sold via a silent auction,and some items may be selected to be sold in a ‘live’ auction, going to thehighest bidder.  A portion of the auctionproceeds will be donated to the Society. Start surveying your collections for possible items you’d like to sell!


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