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.

Calendar

Upcoming events - all are welcome
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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November 13, 2019
  • Gerhard Sisters - Eyes on the 1904 World's Fair

    November 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Grant View Library, 9700 Musick Ave, St. Louis, MO 63123, USA

    The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago wanted to employ a photographer to capture the images of the “tribes of the world” which would be on display at the 1904 World's Fair. They hired the Gerhard sisters, who employed "Naturalness"; a term that described their style to capture the “soul of the subject”. A stray hair or blemish was left in place to allow the subject to be totally natural and at ease to be photographed. This was a departure from most photography studios of the time, and made the sisters a perfect fit for this work. They captured many memorable images of the people from various cultures that were brought to the Fair. Presented by our own Dan Fuller.

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December 1, 2019
  • Annual Closing Day Banquet

    December 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Moulin Events and Meetings, 2017 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA

    We close the year with our traditional celebration on the date the Fair closed. This year, we'll again meet at Moulin Events on Chouteau Av. There will be time for gathering and fellowship, a cash bar, a scrumptious meal, attendance prizes, attendee gifts, entertainment, and President Mike Truax will present our 2019 Year in Review.

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