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.

February 13, 2019
  • Inventions and Innovations at the Fair

    February 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Aberdeen Heights, 575 Couch Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, USA

    Doug Schneider will talk about how the World's Fair was full of innovations and inventions. Many inventions made their debut at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis: the detachable electric plug, the world's largest musical instrument, engineering standards, cotton candy, the private electric chair, the pyrheliophor, and many others.
    The World’s Fair exposed people to things that they had never seen before, including the vertical ice cream cone…and brought St. Louis clear drinking water for the first time.

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March 14, 2019
  • Anthropology at the Fair

    March 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

    Carol Diaz-Granados, a research associate and lecturer at Washington University, will give a program on anthropology at the Fair. This slide-illustrated presentation looks at the fascinating cultures brought from distant lands for the enlightenment of fair-goers. The 1904 World's Fair was the largest anthropological exhibit of any fair to date. Although several of the groups caught the fancy of fairgoers, the public attitudes toward (and treatment of) some of these primitive groups in 1904 was, by today's standards, at least "politically incorrect". Carol will review several of the native cultures that were exhibited at the Fair, their defining features, and then focus in on a selection of the most talked about groups.

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