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
October 12, 2017
  • Lost and Found - Laura Merritt diary with slides presented by Karl & Margie Kindt

    October 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Schlafly Library 225 North Euclid Avenue St. Louis MO 63108

    Laura’s journal gives a wonderfully full and comprehensive rendering of the experience. Though a young and schooled only through the eighth grade, Laura was a bright and talented writer who kept good records of what she saw each day at the Fair. With a whole month to explore the Fair, Laura's journal gives a wonderfully full and comprehensive rendering of the experience. The Public Library's images from glass slides will provide incredible insight into her visit, complementing her extensive diary.

    Because she enjoyed so many days at the Fair, there is hardly an aspect that Laura does not tough upon. And because they were a farm family with modest means who no doubt sacrificed to make the trip, she was determined to make the most of every day and squeeze the fullest experience into every moment. An astute, careful eyewitness to history, she thrived on interacting and dialogue with others, especially the foreigners in the booths.

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November 15, 2017
  • Germany at the Fair presented by Max Storm

    November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Max Storm will provide us with insight into Germany's extensive exhibits at the Fair, from the Fair's most expensive restaurant to their numerous exhibits in the Fair's Palaces.

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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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