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
December 1, 2017
  • Closing Day Observance Banquet

    December 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Concordia Seminary Koburg Hall 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105

    Closing Day Observance Banquet - RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

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January 14, 2018
  • "Ota Benga" film directed by UMSL Professor Niyi Coker

    January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

    "Ota Benga" recounts the experiences of an African Pygmy who was brought to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and put on display, as a living exhibit of human evolution. After the Fair, at the Bronx Zoo, he was housed with primates and displayed with monkeys as the "missing link" between human and apes. Coker believes Benga's story should not be forgotten.

    "It's a real-life story that needed to be told about a place and time when evolution experiments were conducted, and we need to understand its impact on humanity", he said.

    "Ota Benga" brought home two awards for the University of Missouri - St. Louis. For their work, Niyi Coker and Joel Glassman won Best Director of a Short Doumentary and the Scientific & Educational award, respectfully.

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