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.

March 15, 2018
  • 1904 WFS Meeting Three Shorts: "Rotograph Published Postcards", "The Colonnade of States", and "Bet You've Never Seen These Pictures!"

    March 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    In the Auditorium located at Missouri Baptist Hospital 3015 N Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63131

    This special "ThreeShorts" meeting will feature three different short presentations about the1904 World's Fair

    1. Mike Truax will present several postcards published by the Rotograph company to show some special views and highlights of our favorite Fair.  These black & white and colorized images will show you the beauty of the Fairgrounds, the buildings, and some special views.  Postcards were the e-mail and texting methods of communication in 1904!

    2. Max Storm will present "The Colonnade of States".  Stretching across the top of Art Hill betweenFestival Hall and the two restaurant pavilions were two colonnades with 14colossal statues.  The statuesrepresented the 13 states and one territory that comprised the LouisianaPurchase territory.  They were designedby many artists, and each depicted a theme related to the particular state orterritory. 

    3. Karl and Margie Kindt will show us images, titled "Bet You've NeverSeen These Pictures!"  Fifteenbeautiful, rarely-seen photographs from the Missouri History Museum'simpressive glass plate negative collection of the Louisiana Purchase Expositionwill be viewed and explained in depth. The presentation will feature largeviews and close-up details of official images captured by professional St.Louis photographers in 1904.

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April 30, 2018
  • 1904 WFS Meeting Opening Day Celebration + Karl & Margie Kindt – Lost and Found: A Young Girl’s Journal and Glass Plate Images of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis – Part 2

    April 30, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
    The Community Center located at The Heights 8001 Dale Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117

    At this meeting, along with the celebration andrefreshments, Karl & Margie Kindt will present "A Young Girl’s Journaland Glass Plate Images of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis – Part 2".

    Though young and schooled only through eighth grade, Laura was a bright and talented writer who kept good records of what she saw each day at the Fair. We'll finish revisiting Laura's Journey to the Fair, and learn about what happened to her after she returned to Iowa.

    With a whole month to explore theFair, Laura’s journal gives a wonderfully full and comprehensive rendering ofthe experience.  The Public Library'simages 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 of the Fair that Laura did not describe.  And because the Merritts were a farm familywith modest means who no doubt sacrificed to make the trip, Laura wasdetermined to make the most of every day and squeeze the fullest experienceinto every moment.  An astute, carefuleyewitness to history, she thrived on interacting and dialogue with others,especially the foreigners in the booths.  .

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