September 6, 2016

Calendar

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.

April 30, 2020
  • Opening Day

    April 30, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    THE HEIGHTS, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117, USA

    HollyChildress and Mike Truax, officers in the 1904 WF Society, will tell about thePike, one of the major features of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  Many Society members and St. Louisans know alittle about The Pike, but most don’t know a lot. 

    Did you know that the mile-long Pike (witha few other “off-Pike concessions") had over 50 attractions?  There was entertainment (with actual andsimulated rides), historical and scientific exhibits, a large animal exhibit, awild west show and arena, a Boer War battle re-enactment, concessions fromforeign lands featuring their native food, theaters, and stores, and (ofcourse) the giant Observation (Ferris) Wheel.

    Learn all about the Pike as you are takenon a visit to the Fair, related through the experiences of a typical 1904family as they take "A Trip to the Pike".

    Refreshments will be served at our annualcelebration of the 1904 World’s Fair Society's Birthday and the Opening Day ofthe 1904 World’s Fair.

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May 20, 2020
  • 1904 Olympics: Stories and Trivia

    May 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Cameron Collins came to St. Louis over 20years ago, and quickly became a big fan of St. Louis history. Volunteering at the Campbell house, and digging deep, he discovered unique andunusual tales, landmarks, and monuments in St. Louis that rival America'soldest and largest cities.  He has authored two books about St. Louishistory.  As he gathered his information,he started a blog (website), and documented some of his stories at www.distilledhistory.com.  He"spices up" his stories telling about his other hobby, searching forthe perfect Manhattan (cocktail).

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June 6, 2020
  • Annual Picnic

    June 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

    At this year’s picnic, we’ll feature agreat group game, and have a “World’s Fair Memorabilia Auction”.  Members can bring a few Fair items to beauctioned (a minimum price can be set). And, we will also auction a few items from the Von Dunn collection of1904 Fair memorabilia, which was donated to the Society in 2013.  Some items will be sold via a silent auction,and some items may be selected to be sold in a ‘live’ auction, going to thehighest bidder.  A portion of the auctionproceeds will be donated to the Society. Start surveying your collections for possible items you’d like to sell!

     

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