September 6, 2016


The 1904 World’s Fair Society has monthly meetings with programs on various topics relating to the Fair.

It has always been a tradition of the organization to have a meeting on April 30th to celebrate “opening day”, (the day the fair opened, April 30th,1904), and to have a “closing day” banquet on December 1st (the day the fair closed, December 1st 1904) .

Most meetings have a drawing for an attendance prize for members attending the meeting. You may register every time you attend a meeting at the reception table near the door.  Attending more meetings will give you more opportunities to win.  Attendance prizes will vary. Often they will match the subject of the meeting.  You must be present to win.

The meetings are always well attended with people very knowledgeable about the fair. Please feel free to attend and ask questions. Visitors are always welcome.

May 18, 2021
  • Washington University and the World's Fair (focus on 1900-1905)

    May 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Candace O'Connor's 2003 book about Washington University is titled Beginning a Great Work: Washington University in St. Louis, 1853-2003, chronicles the events and people that shaped WashU in St. Louis during its first 150 years.  For this special presentation, she will focus on WashU's first 60 years, particularly how the downtown university's move from downtown to the new "hilltop campus" was intertwined with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904.

    Author Candace O'Connor has written 13 books about the history of St. Louis and the Midwest. Most of her books have focused on the landmarks, people, neighborhoods and hospitals of St. Louis. In 2001, she won a regional Emmy for a documentary on a 1939 sharecropper protest in the Missouri Bootheel. 

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June 16, 2021
  • A Trip on the Pike

    June 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Many Society members and St. Louisans know a little about The Pike, but most don’t know a lot. One of the Fair's major features, the Pike was the Fair's entertainment section. Holly Childress and Mike Truax will take attendees on a "A Trip to the Pike", as related through the experiences of a typical 1904 family.
    For example: Did you know that the mile-long Pike had over 50 attractions? Plus, there were a few other scattered entertainment concessions on the Fairgrounds. The numerous concessions included: entertainment (with actual and simulated rides), historical and scientific exhibits, a large animal exhibit, a wild west show and arena, a realistic re-enactment of Boer War battles in an arena, many restaurants, concessions from several foreign lands featuring native food, theaters, and stores, and (of course) the giant Observation (Ferris) Wheel.
    You will learn about the amazing sights and attractions that Fair visitors experienced.
    Holly Childress has worked at the St. Louis Art Museum for over 8 years, and has been the Society Director Exploitation since 2018. Mike Truax is the current President of the Society.

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