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
March 8, 2020
  • That Fabulous Summer (movie)

    March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

    Narrator Larry Storch takes the viewer back in time to the greatest World’s Fair of them all, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  Through hundreds of original photographs and rare motion picture film, the viewer is taken for a tour of the Fair: strolls near the magnificent Palaces and fountains, a ride in a gondola on a lagoon, enjoying the sights on the Pike, and going past the enormous Ferris Wheel.  The only thing missing is the Ice Cream Cone!

    This is one of several films about St. Louis history commissioned by Laclede Gas in the mid-1960s, and produced by Charles Guggenheim, who is one of the most honored documentary filmmakers in the history of Academy Awards.  He has 12 nominations, and won four Oscars. Guggenheim also produced the seminal film about the construction of the St.Louis Arch, Monument to the Dream.

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April 30, 2020
  • Opening Day

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

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May 20, 2020
  • DeCubertin was a Jerk (Olympics)

    May 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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