Brief History of The Worlds Fair Society
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.
Inventions and Innovations at the Fair
February 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aberdeen Heights, 575 Couch Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA
Doug Schneider will talk about how the World's Fair was full of innovations and inventions. Many inventions made their debut at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis: the detachable electric plug, the world's largest musical instrument, engineering standards, cotton candy, the private electric chair, the pyrheliophor, and many others.
The World’s Fair exposed people to things that they had never seen before, including the vertical ice cream cone…and brought St. Louis clear drinking water for the first time.
Anthropology at the Fair
March 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA
Carol Diaz-Granados, a research associate and lecturer at Washington University, will give a program on anthropology at the Fair. This slide-illustrated presentation looks at the fascinating cultures brought from distant lands for the enlightenment of fair-goers. The 1904 World's Fair was the largest anthropological exhibit of any fair to date. Although several of the groups caught the fancy of fairgoers, the public attitudes toward (and treatment of) some of these primitive groups in 1904 was, by today's standards, at least "politically incorrect". Carol will review several of the native cultures that were exhibited at the Fair, their defining features, and then focus in on a selection of the most talked about groups.