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
January 26, 2021
  • Author presentation - Nancy Menees Hardesty, "The Bonnet Book: Diary of an Orphan Train Hatmaker"

    January 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom. Details for attending via the internet will be sent to members via e-mail and also in the January Bulletin

    Nancy Menees Hardesty recently authored "The Bonnet Book: Diary of an Orphan Train Hatmaker", an inspiring coming-of-age story, based on true events. It tells the story of Blanche Estelle Spencer (Menes), who in 1902 at 14was placed by her family on an Orphan Train, and headed to America's "west".  She travels alone to St. Louis and is taken in by a kindly family, rises above her servitude positions, and matures into a young woman.  She gains inspiration for a future career when she attends the 1904 World's Fair, and also sees and experiences many other local landmarks of "a big city".

    An early example of self-determination and girl power, Blanche's story is based on the life of author Nancy Menees Hardesty's grandmother. The Bonnet Book includes both real-life touchstones of Blanche and several historical fiction stories to tell the story of a remarkable young adult.  The book is available on Amazon.com. 

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