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.

January 26, 2021
  • Author presentation - Nancy Menees Hardesty, "The Bonnet Book: Diary of an Orphan Train Hatmaker"

    January 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom. Details for attending via the internet will be sent to members via e-mail and also in the January Bulletin

    Nancy Menees Hardesty recently authored "The Bonnet Book: Diary of an Orphan Train Hatmaker", an inspiring coming-of-age story, based on true events. It tells the story of Blanche Estelle Spencer (Menes), who in 1902 at 14was placed by her family on an Orphan Train, and headed to America's "west".  She travels alone to St. Louis and is taken in by a kindly family, rises above her servitude positions, and matures into a young woman.  She gains inspiration for a future career when she attends the 1904 World's Fair, and also sees and experiences many other local landmarks of "a big city".

    An early example of self-determination and girl power, Blanche's story is based on the life of author Nancy Menees Hardesty's grandmother. The Bonnet Book includes both real-life touchstones of Blanche and several historical fiction stories to tell the story of a remarkable young adult.  The book is available on 

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