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
May 28, 2019
  • Food at the Fair

    May 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Aberdeen Heights, 575 Couch Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    In 2004, Charter Member Pam Vaccaro authored one of the first 21st century books about the 1904 World’s Fair. Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World’s Fair explored all culinary aspects of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Fair planners prepared to feed the thousands of construction workers, concessionaires, and also myriad Fairgoers. Pam describes many of the Fair’s restaurants and their various offerings, and that many Fair attendees tasted foods from around the world for the first time. And, she’ll tell us how attendees could eat for free, and explain the many myths and legends about food that focused on the Fair--from iced tea and the hot dog to the many stories about the ice cream cone.
    Come and enjoy Pam’s presentation about this highly “fulfilling” aspect of the Fair. Copes of her book will be available for sale and signature.

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June 15, 2019
  • Annual Picnic

    June 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Scout Pavilion, Kirkwood Park, 111 S Geyer Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    The Society will celebrate summertime with our annual picnic. The Society will provide hot dogs, iced tea and ice cream, and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

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August 16, 2019
  • St. Louis World's FARE

    August 16, 2019 - August 18, 2019 @ 

    The Society will be an event partner in the sixth annual St. Louis World’s Fare in Forest Park, from the World’s Fair pavilion at the top of the hill, down Government Hill. We will staff our booth with Society merchandise, WF memorabilia, and provide the historical perspective of the World’s Fair, which will include many local restaurants, music and bands, dance performances, sporting events and competitions, art exhibits, and a children’s activity area.
    This is a great way to learn more about the World's Fair, get to know other Society members, and share your knowledge with other people…and enjoy the food!

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